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France, Paris, between 1230 and 1239
MS M.92 fol. 112r

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1) Apostle Bartholomew: Martyrdom -- Head of God appears from clouds above Apostle Bartholomew, nimbed, bound to trestle table and flayed with knives held by two male executioners. Scene with gold background, within decorated initial O.
2) Augustine of Hippo: Scene, refuting Heretic -- Augustine of Hippo, nimbed and tonsured, in monk's habit, holds open book in his left hand and and raises switches toward heretic, as horned devil, standing on heap of collapsed buildings. Scene with gold background, within decorated initial A.
3) John Baptist: Beheading -- Salome holds charger, beside male executioner raising sword high in his right hand. With his left hand, he grasps neck of John Baptist in window of prison. Scene with gold background, within decorated initial S.
4) Giles of Provence: Scene, shielding Doe -- Archer with bow and arrow shoots at doe on lap of Giles of Provence, nimbed, in hooded monk's habit. He sits, with his left hand on head of the doe and with his right hand raised, between two trees. Scene with gold background, beside initial I.
Line endings of animal and abstract penwork on page.

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