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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 155v

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Initial L:
Psalm 147 (Vulg., 147).
Initial L decorated with interlace ornament branching to foliate stems in which are two mounted knights, wearing visors and chain mail, armed with shields, one heraldic (Neuville-Vitasse), both jousting with tilting poles or lances, flanking castle from which two women, wearing berbettes, wave spears with banners decorated with heraldry, one of Boisleux (left) and the other of Neuville-Vitasse (right)above; to right, fantastic animal with foliate terminal, in upper margin.
Psalm 148 (Vulg., 148).
Initial L formed by two fantastic animals with foliate terminals, one entwined with interlaced foliate stem also entwined with another fantastic animal in lower margin.
Line ending: heraldic escutcheon of Boisleux.
Line ending: fantastic animal.
Line ending: two nude men, in jaws of fantastic animals, armed with swords and shields (bucklers), fighting.
Line ending: escutcheon of vert, a fess argent.
Line ending: snail encountering soldier, wearing helmet and chain mail, armed with sword and shield, hurling javelin (Burlesque: Fighting).
Line ending: two escutcheons, one gules, a cross argent, and the other gules, a cross argent, on a canton gules a fess indented argent.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.

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