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Des cas de nobles hommes et femmes
France, Paris, ca. 1475
MS M.342 fol. 114r

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Boccaccio: Text, De Casibus Virorum Illustrium, Book 4 -- Two scenes in continuous narrative, in city of Rome:
1) De Casibus Virorum Illustrium: Scene, Marcus Manlius Capitolinus fighting Gauls -- Helmeted Gallic soldiers, wearing cross-inscribed surcoats, holding spears and shields, stand at left and climb ladder to Capitoline Hill to battle helmeted Roman soldiers, including Marcus Manlius Capitolinus, all armed with spears. One soldier falls from tower.
2) De Casibus Virorum Illustrium: Scene, Marcus Manlius Capitolinus Death -- Two men, one wearing hat, heave Marcus Manlius Capitolinus, wearing crown and ermine-trimmed mantle, off riverbank into Tiber River. At right, seven men, one holding roll in right hand and with purse at waist, and one wearing ermine-trimmed mantle, all wearing hats, witness scene.
Decorated initial I, flanked by two flowers.
In margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate ornament.

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