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France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 258r

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1) Martyrdom: Saint, Male -- In initial P decorated with geometric ornament and foliate spandrels, an executioner, wearing a tunic, grasps the hair of a kneeling, bearded martyr and beheads him with a sword, all before six kneeling male martyrs, three nimbed; decapitated, nimbed head of bearded martyr lies on the ground.
2) Martin of Tours: dividing Cloak -- In initial D decorated with geometric ornament and foliate spandrels, Martin of Tours, as a youth, is mounted on a dappled horse, and with his sword divides the cloak held by the beggar wearing trousers. Building in background.
3) Margins - Rectilinear bars decorated with interlace and foliage, and inhabited by a rabbit pursuing a beast, a hedgehog, three birds, including one flying, two hybrid animals, a hybrid man armed with shield and a lion leaping toward a man raising his club (animal-training).

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