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Bas de Page Scenes

In medieval illuminated manuscripts, bas-de-page scenes are unframed, sometimes whimsical images that appear below the written text and may or may not refer to it.
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Hounds chasing a rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 71v

Hounds chasing a rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 71v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of hounds chasing a rabbit. Image taken from f. 71v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 6

Woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 6

Bas-de-page scene of a woman, a lamb, and a group of men. Image taken from f. 6 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Bishop expelling a devil from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 242

Bishop expelling a devil from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 242

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a bishop expelling a devil from a church tower. Image taken from f. 242 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man hanging by his heels from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 205v

Man hanging by his heels from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 205v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man hanging by his heels, surrounded on either side by two men. Image taken from f. 205v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Dunstan from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 197

Dunstan from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 197

Detail of a bas-de-page showing Dunstan healing injured peasants. Image taken from f. 197 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two hounds chasing a rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 174v

Two hounds chasing a rabbit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 174v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two hounds chasing a rabbit. Image taken from f. 174v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman beheaded from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 214

Woman beheaded from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 214

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman being beheaded, while two children watch nearby. Image taken from f. 214 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Men building a church from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 289v

Men building a church from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 289v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of men building a church, and two monks carrying a burden on poles. Image taken from f. 289v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Virgin rescuing nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 192v

Virgin rescuing nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 192v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of the Virgin Mary on a bridge rescuing a nun, who has been pushed by a devil. Image taken from f. 192v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'... more

Monk in a doorway from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 221v

Monk in a doorway from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 221v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk in the doorway of a building. Image taken from f. 221v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monkey and performing bear from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 154

Monkey and performing bear from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 154

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monkey and a performing bear. Image taken from f. 154 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Hound being hung from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 64

Hound being hung from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 64

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hound being hung from a tree by a rabbit. Image taken from f. 64 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 40v

King from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 40v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king and another man before a hill covered in sticks. Image taken from f. 40v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two men sawing a plank from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 99v

Two men sawing a plank from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 99v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men sawing a plank with a two-handed saw. Image taken from f. 99v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Animals from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 49

Animals from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 49

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of geese dragging a fox supported by women, in front of a cock and behind a rabbit, each with a mace. Image taken from f. 49 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the '... more

Monk approaching woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 180

Monk approaching woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 180

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk with a walking stick approaching a woman. Image taken from f. 180 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 255v

King hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 255v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mounted king, shooting at a stag with a bow and arrow. Image taken from f. 255v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk and nun in the stocks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 187v

Monk and nun in the stocks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 187v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk and a nun in the stocks. Image taken from f. 187v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman fishing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 59

Woman fishing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 59

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman fishing with a net. Image taken from f. 59 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Unicorn and bears from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 157

Unicorn and bears from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 157

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a fight between a unicorn and two bears. Image taken from f. 157 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Men catching rabbits from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 40

Men catching rabbits from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 40

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men putting dogs down holes to catch rabbits. Image taken from f. 40 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Knight killing king from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 216v

Knight killing king from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 216v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mounted knight killing a king with a lance. Image taken from f. 216v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Wounded swordsman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 301

Wounded swordsman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 301

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a wounded swordsman lying in bed, fainting into the arms of an attendant. Image taken from f. 301 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). ... more

Two men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 11v

Two men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 11v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men with a bowl, and on either side, a sheep and a cow. Image taken from f. 11v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two pairs of men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 302

Two pairs of men from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 302

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two pairs of men, and a woman holding an object. Image taken from f. 302 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two devils in stocks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 191v

Two devils in stocks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 191v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two devils in stocks, while a man and monks look on. Image taken from f. 191v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman and man leading another from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 199v

Woman and man leading another from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 199v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman and a man leading another man before a bishop. Image taken from f. 199v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Centaur fighting dragons from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 173

Centaur fighting dragons from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 173

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a centaur fighting dragons. Image taken from f. 173 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Lion begging from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 81v

Lion begging from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 81v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a lion sitting up and begging before the knight. Image taken from f. 81v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Bishop, angel and Virgin Mary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 195

Bishop, angel and Virgin Mary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 195

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a bishop by a church, along with the Virgin Mary and an angel. Image taken from f. 195 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King giving away a garment from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 261v

King giving away a garment from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 261v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king giving away his garment to a hermit. Image taken from f. 261v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 275v

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 275v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hairy Mary of Egypt with wild animals in a forest. Image taken from f. 275v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 54

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 54

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a fox dressed as a palmer, taking the hand of another, who is resting. Image taken from f. 54 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Writ... more

Hermit stripping off his clothes from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 131

Hermit stripping off his clothes from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 131

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hermit stripping off his clothes. Image taken from f. 131 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Mounted man with animal's head from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 295

Mounted man with animal's head from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 295

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mounted man with an animal's head on a pole before a king and a queen. Image taken from f. 295 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). W... more

Mermaid from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 47

Mermaid from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 47

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mermaid. Image taken from f. 47 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Devil and Dunstan from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 248

Devil and Dunstan from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 248

Bas-de-page scene from the legend of Dunstan. Dunstan sits before a stand painting a picture of an insect. The devil, disguised as an injured man, tries to distract him from his work. Image taken from f. 248 o... more

Rabbits jousting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 70

Rabbits jousting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 70

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of rabbits, mounted on dogs, jousting. Image taken from f. 70 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Virgin Mary healing a man's leg from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 196v

Virgin Mary healing a man's leg from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 196v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of the Virgin Mary healing the leg of a man who has injured himself. Image taken from f. 196v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk and three others from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 22v

Monk and three others from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 22v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk and three others with sacks. Image taken from f. 22v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman carrying a soul from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 184v

Woman carrying a soul from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 184v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman carrying a soul towards a building, followed by an angel. Image taken from f. 184v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk driving off a devil from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 247

Monk driving off a devil from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 247

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk driving off a devil with a cudgel. Image taken from f. 247 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Bishop approaching a church from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 198

Bishop approaching a church from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 198

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a bishop approaching a church, while the Virgin Mary leads a woman away behind the church. Image taken from f. 198 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfi... more

Men dicing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 92v

Men dicing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 92v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men shooting at an owl on a perch; below, two men are dicing on a board at the foot of a tree. Image taken from f. 92v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the ... more

Three kings from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 258v

Three kings from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 258v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of three kings standing together, each holding a hawk. Image taken from f. 258v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman with a dog from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 160v

Woman with a dog from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 160v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman with a dog near a rabbit warren. Image taken from f. 160v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man handing a cloth from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 143

Man handing a cloth from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 143

Bas-de-page scene of a man handing a cloth to a woman. Image taken from f. 143 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 253v

King hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 253v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mounted king hunting a fleeing stag; he raises a horn to his lips. Image taken from f. 253v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Writ... more

King and messenger from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 302v

King and messenger from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 302v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king and a messenger. Image taken from f. 302v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man with a stick from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 16v

Man with a stick from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 16v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man with a stick and people in a building. Image taken from f. 16v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man riding out of a building from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 76v

Man riding out of a building from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 76v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man riding out of a building blowing a horn. Image taken from f. 76v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King and monk disputing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 245

King and monk disputing from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 245

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king, a monk, and another man disputing. Image taken from f. 245 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Swordsman on hillock from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 299

Swordsman on hillock from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 299

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a wounded swordsman lying on a hillock, flanked by the bear and boar he has just slain. Image taken from f. 299 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield... more

Devil tempting a sleeping monk from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 221

Devil tempting a sleeping monk from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 221

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a devil tempting a sleeping monk. Image taken from f. 221 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two knights fighting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 304v

Two knights fighting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 304v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two knights fighting. Image taken from f. 304v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Knight killing giant from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 87v

Knight killing giant from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 87v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a knight killing an armoured giant with an axe. Image taken from f. 87v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk blessing Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 284v

Monk blessing Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 284v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk blessing Mary of Egypt, with a bear on the left. Image taken from f. 284v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Baker from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 94

Baker from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 94

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man playing a fife and drum, with a man on his shoulder, while below, a bad baker is being dragged on a horse-drawn hurdle with his deficient loaf of brea around his neck. Ima... more

Monk returning to a monastery from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 285v

Monk returning to a monastery from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 285v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk returning to a monastery. Image taken from f. 285v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Charter from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 167

Charter from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 167

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a rabbit-eared man giving a charter to another man. Image taken from f. 167 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Drunk hermit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 115

Drunk hermit from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 115

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a drunk hermit and woman embracing on the ground near a windmill; the miller emerges carrying a mallet. Image taken from f. 115 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria ... more

King and wounded swordsman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 299v

King and wounded swordsman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 299v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king and his attendants coming upon a wounded swordsman and the animals that he has slain. Image taken from f. 299v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smit... more

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 279v

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 279v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hairy Mary of Egypt lying prostrate on the ground while an angel plays a harp to her. Image taken from f. 279v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfiel... more

Man reading a book from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 4v

Man reading a book from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 4v

Bas-de-page scene of a man reading a book, and two other men underneath a tree. Image taken from f. 4v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man holding an apple from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 210v

Man holding an apple from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 210v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man walking towards a building holding an apple(?). Image taken from f. 210v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Virgin consoling monk from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 171v

Virgin consoling monk from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 171v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of the Virgin Mary arriving to console a monk. Image taken from f. 171v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a fox dressed as a palmer, meeting another fox, acting as a messenger. Image taken from f. 53v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Wri... more

Monk lamenting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 170v

Monk lamenting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 170v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk lamenting before a statue of the Virgin and Child. Image taken from f. 170v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man taking off a woman's shoe from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 146v

Man taking off a woman's shoe from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 146v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man taking off a woman's shoe. Image taken from f. 146v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man shooting at monster from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 128

Man shooting at monster from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 128

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man shooting at a multi-headed monster. Image taken from f. 128 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 272

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 272

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of Mary of Egypt carrying loaves of bread towards a boat. Image taken from f. 272 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Abbot blessing monks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 224v

Abbot blessing monks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 224v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of an abbot blessing a group of monks. Image taken from f. 224v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Blind beggar from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 110

Blind beggar from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 110

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a blind beggar and his dog. Image taken from f. 110 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Bishop and Virgin Mary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 195v

Bishop and Virgin Mary from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 195v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a bishop and the Virgin Mary by an altar. Image taken from f. 195v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King hawking from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 254

King hawking from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 254

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a mounted king, hawking, coming upon two stags feeding. Image taken from f. 254 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man under a tree from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 17

Man under a tree from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 17

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man under a tree, with three people seated in a building. Image taken from f. 17 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk kneeling from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 170

Monk kneeling from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 170

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk kneeling before a statue of the Virgin and Child. Image taken from f. 170 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

King approaching castle from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 260

King approaching castle from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 260

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a king approaching a castle, in which hide a group of naked people; there are angels on the battlements. Image taken from f. 260 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria... more

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 275

Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 275

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a hairy Mary of Egypt and monkeys among trees. Image taken from f. 275 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Woman approaching a windmill from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 70v

Woman approaching a windmill from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 70v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman approaching a windmill with a sack of grain. Image taken from f. 70v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Angel speaking to a nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 182

Angel speaking to a nun from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 182

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of an angel speaking to a nun. Image taken from f. 182 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk speaking to another from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 172

Monk speaking to another from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 172

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk speaking to another before an altar. Image taken from f. 172 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Priest and charter from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 167

Priest and charter from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 167

Detail of a miniature of a priest at an altar, and two men standing behind, one with a raised arm, with a bas-de-page scene of a rabbit-eared man giving a charter to another man, at the incipit of Book III. Ima... more

Knight, lady, and man with a head on a pole from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 305

Knight, lady, and man with a head on a pole from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. ...

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a knight, a lady, and a man with a head on a pole riding into a castle. Image taken from f. 305 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Wr... more

Two women with hawks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 78

Two women with hawks from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 78

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two women with hawks catching ducks. Image taken from f. 78 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Decorated initials from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 2v

Decorated initials from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 2v

Five decorated initial 'D's, with figurative borders and a bas-de-page scene of a castle flanked by grotesques. Image taken from f. 2v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals... more

Invasion of a castle from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 18v

Invasion of a castle from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 18v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man attempting to invade a castle being killed by one of the defenders. Image taken from f. 18v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). ... more

Hermit chained to a block from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 134v

Hermit chained to a block from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 134v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a naked hairy hermit chained to a block; a man and three dogs approach him. Image taken from f. 134v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'... more

Two men flanking text from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 113

Two men flanking text from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 113

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two men flanking a section of text. Image taken from f. 113 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two knights, a lady, and a hound from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 102

Two knights, a lady, and a hound from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 102

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two knights, a lady, and a hound. Image taken from f. 102 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Wild man reaching for a woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 74

Wild man reaching for a woman from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 74

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a wild man reaching for a woman. Image taken from f. 74 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Bas-de-page scene of a fox dressed as a palmer, meeting another fox, acting as a messenger. Image taken from f. 53v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Two grotesques fighting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 69

Two grotesques fighting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 69

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two grotesques fighting with domestic implements; between them is a mermaid. Image taken from f. 69 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals')... more

Two kings hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 255

Two kings hunting from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 255

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two kings with a downed stag. Image taken from f. 255 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monkey with a pot from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 52

Monkey with a pot from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 52

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monkey with a pot. Image taken from f. 52 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Fox dressed as a palmer from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 53v

Bas-de-page scene of a fox dressed as a palmer, meeting another fox, acting as a messenger. Image taken from f. 53v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Boar and camel from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 152v

Boar and camel from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 152v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a boar and a camel. Image taken from f. 152v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Man visiting baker from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 145

Man visiting baker from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 145

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a man visiting a baker, who is putting a loaf in his oven. Image taken from f. 145 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Monk and man with a sword from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 247v

Monk and man with a sword from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 247v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a monk with a group of other men speaking to a man who carries a sword. Image taken from f. 247v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). W... more

Bird eating a snail from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 46v

Bird eating a snail from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 46v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a bird eating a snail, a grotesque, etc. Image taken from f. 46v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.