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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 7r

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Evangelist, John: on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, seated beside grove of trees, writes in scroll with pen held in right hand. He holds inkpot in left hand. To left, eagle, wings spread, is perched atop boulder.
In background is landscape.
Below miniature, historiated border frames text.
Evangelist, John: boiled in Oil -- Within room, Evangelist John, nimbed, hands raised, is seated in cauldron. He is flanked by two tormentors stoking fire with sticks. One tormentor operates bellows machine. A third tormentor, to left, partially visible, carries faggot towards cauldron.
Initial I:
Two flowering plants within decorated initial I.

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