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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1490
MS M.20 fol. 6r

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Within initial L, bust of Louis XI of France, crowned, wearing collar of Order of Saint-Michael, made of shells with figure of Michael, raising spear with right hand, holding shield with left hand, standing over recumbent devil or dragon.
In right margin, youthful male figure, crowned, wearing sword at waist, armor, heraldic garment of Bourbon, (azure, three fleur-de-lis or, a bend gules), and the collar of Order of Saint-Michael. With right hand he holds spear with banner of the same heraldry and with left hand indicates the text. He stands on corbel, with helmet by his left foot, in opening of tent.
In lower margin, escutcheon of Bourbon heraldry surrounded by collar of Order of Saint-Michael.
Margins decorated with blocks of floreate ornament, including strawberry, and blocks of Bourbon heraldry.

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