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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 128r

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Drythelm of Northumbria: Scene, Vision, assailed by Demons -- Drythelm of Northumbria, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, departing to left away from group of five horned and winged devils, with claw feet, all issuing flames from mouth and standing in flames, all raising instruments of torture or weapons, including, knife, scissors, two spears, and scimitar.
At right, nimbed angel, with hands extended, flying over group of nude male souls, some tonsured, all engulfed in flames.
Scene framed by two trees.
Illustration of Bede, Vision of Drythelm.

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