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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 114r

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Pity encountering Danger -- Personficiation of Pity, armed with spear and shield, stands before hooded man, representing Personification of Danger, holding club with both hands. Grass and plants growing on ground. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. Above miniature in right column, rubric caption of scene, CO(M)MENT PITIE VINT A DANGIER/ POUR LI COMBATRE ET LAI DANGIER / DEFFENDANT FRANCHISE SAMIE / QUI LE PLUS BEL NEN AUOIT UNE. Below miniature in right column, champide initial P at beginning of text, PITIEZ QUI A TO(UZ) BIENS S’ACORDE / TENOIT VNE MISERICORDE …

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