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Medieval Illustrations to Works of Giovanni BoccaccioCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Death of Philippota of Catena from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 506v
Giovanni Boccaccio, 1313 – 1375, was an Italian writer and poet and an important Renaissance humanist. He wrote mostly in the Italian vernacular, as well as some works in Latin, and is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue which differed from that of his contemporaries.
Boccaccio spent his childhood in Florence. His father had no sympathy for Boccaccio’s literature inclinations and sent him to Naples, to an office of the Bardi, who were money lenders, to learn business. In Naples, Boccaccio became a consul (or senior officer) of the Arte del Cambio (the Guild of the moneychangers and money lenders) and met with the learned men of the court and the friends and admirers of Petrarch. It was about 1340 when Boccaccio returned to Florence due to the bankruptcy of the Bardi and brought in a store of literary work already he already completed. After 10 years and financial challenges, in 1350 he became a Florentine ambassador and visited Rome, Ravenna, Avignon and Brandenburg. During this period he formed a lasting friendship with Francesco Petrarch.
In 1358 he completed his main work, the Decameron. During the plague at Florence in 1348, seven ladies and three gentlemen left the city for a country villa and over a period of ten days told one hundred stories. Boccaccio selected the plots of his stories mostly from the fabliaux which had passed into Italy from France, medieval stories that had classical form.
The influence of the Decameron on European literature is enormous. Chaucer and Shakespeare both borrowed from it.
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Death of Harmonia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 106

Death of Harmonia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 106

Detail of a miniature of the death of Harmonia, daughter of Gelon. Image taken from f. 106 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le... More

Hanging Men from BL Harley 1766, f. 255

Hanging Men from BL Harley 1766, f. 255

Miniature with William of Assisi and his son being hanged in Florence. Image taken from f. 255 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

King Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 217

King Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 217

Detail of a miniature of king Arthur taking a letter from two Roman emissaries. Image taken from f. 217 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 45

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 45

Miniature of Oedipus with his raised sword as Layus lies at his feet. Image taken from f. 45 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

King Cyrus from BL Harley 1766, f. 135

King Cyrus from BL Harley 1766, f. 135

Detail of a miniature of the remains of King Cyrus floating in tub of water. Image taken from f. 135 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Julian the Apostate from BL Harley 1766, f. 200

Julian the Apostate from BL Harley 1766, f. 200

Detail of a miniature of Julian the Apostate crowned by flying devils. Image taken from f. 200 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Caecilius Metellus from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 186v

Caecilius Metellus from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 186v

Detail of a miniature of Caecilius Metellus leading the Macedonian usurper Andricus in triumph. Image taken from f. 186v of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hom... More

Helen and Paris in a castle from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 54

Helen and Paris in a castle from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 54

Miniature of Helen and Paris in a castle. Image taken from f. 54 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles et... More

Sulpicia leaving her friends from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 128

Sulpicia leaving her friends from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 128

Miniature of Sulpicia leaving her friends, to follow her husband Lentulus Cruscellio into exile. Image taken from f. 128 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (... More

Ypone' (Hippo) drowning herself from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 86

Ypone' (Hippo) drowning herself from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 86

Miniature of 'Ypone' (Hippo) drowning herself. Image taken from f. 86 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobl... More

Thisbe finding the body of Pyramus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 22

Thisbe finding the body of Pyramus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 22

Miniature of Thisbe finding the body of Pyramus. Image taken from f. 22 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes no... More

Orithyia and Antiope from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 31v

Orithyia and Antiope from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 31v

Miniature of Orithyia and Antiope, queens of the Amazons. Image taken from f. 31v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de... More

Artemisia defeating the Rhodians from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 90v

Artemisia defeating the Rhodians from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 90v

Miniature of Artemisia defeating the Rhodians. Image taken from f. 90v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nob... More

Lavinia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 64v

Lavinia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 64v

Detail of a miniature of Lavinia nursing Julius Silvius, and Ascanius giving up the crown. Image taken from f. 64v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index ... More

Boccaccio and Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 198

Boccaccio and Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 198

Mniature of Bocaccio in his study, with his vision of Fortune as a crowned lady with many arms. Image taken from f. 198 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles homm... More

Camilla from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 59v

Camilla from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 59v

Miniature of Camilla, Queen of the Volscians, hunting. Image taken from f. 59v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de fe... More

Jeanne, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 165v

Jeanne, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 165v

Miniature of Jeanne, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily, receiving gifts from her subjects. Image taken from f. 165v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De ... More

Berenice Pontica, queen of Cappadocia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 112v

Berenice Pontica, queen of Cappadocia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 112v

Miniature of Berenice Pontica, queen of Cappadocia (daughter of Mithridates V), in a chariot avenging the death of her sons. Image taken from f. 112v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an a... More

Pontheslea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 49

Pontheslea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 49

Detail of a miniature of Pontheslea, queen of the Amazons, on horseback with warriors. Image taken from f. 49 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De cl... More

'Semiamira' (Julia Soaemias) from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 150v

'Semiamira' (Julia Soaemias) from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 150v

Miniature of 'Semiamira' (Julia Soaemias), mother of Elagabalus, among the Roman senators. Image taken from f. 150v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index... More

Paulina in the temple of Isis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 137v

Paulina in the temple of Isis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 137v

Miniature of Paulina in the temple of Isis. Image taken from f. 137v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes noble... More

Porcia, daughter of Cato Uticensis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 125

Porcia, daughter of Cato Uticensis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 125

Miniature of Porcia, daughter of Cato Uticensis and wife of Brutus, eating hot coals. Image taken from f. 125 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De cl... More

Claudia Quinta from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 118

Claudia Quinta from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 118

Miniature of Claudia Quinta using her belt to move the ship containing the image of Pissimunde, mother of the gods. Image taken from f. 118 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous F... More

Busa of Canusium from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 107

Busa of Canusium from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 107

Miniature of Busa of Canusium entertaining the Romans after Cannae. Image taken from f. 107 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, L... More

Torture of Epicharis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 141v

Torture of Epicharis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 141v

Miniature of the torture of Epicharis. Image taken from f. 141v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles et ... More

Croesus being seized by a knight from BL Harley 1766, f. 132v

Croesus being seized by a knight from BL Harley 1766, f. 132v

Miniature of Croesus being seized by a knight. Image taken from f. 132v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Cyrus and Astyages in battle from BL Harley 1766, f. 128

Cyrus and Astyages in battle from BL Harley 1766, f. 128

Miniature of the battle of Cyrus and Astyages. Image taken from f. 128 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 4

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 4

Image taken from f. 4 of Du Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium). Written in French.

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 217

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 217

Tinted drawing of Boccaccio watching Fortune turn her wheel. Partial rinceaux border inhabited by a rooster. Image taken from f. 217 of Du Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum... More

Miniature from BL Harley 1766, f. 13

Miniature from BL Harley 1766, f. 13

Miniature of the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Image taken from f. 13 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Oetes from BL Harley 1766, f. 31v

Oetes from BL Harley 1766, f. 31v

Detail of a miniature of the crowned Oetes, raising his hands at the dismembered body of his son; in the foreground, Jason and Medea fleeing. Image taken from f. 31v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus vir... More

Suicide of Dido from BL Harley 1766, f. 114v

Suicide of Dido from BL Harley 1766, f. 114v

Detail of a miniature of the death of Dido. Image taken from f. 114v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Medea from BL Harley 1766, f. 33

Medea from BL Harley 1766, f. 33

Miniature of Creon being burned to death as he attemps to rescue his daughter from the fire. Medea killing her children. Image taken from f. 33 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illu... More

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 112v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 112v

Miniature of Dido on her ship, accompanied by two man, escaping from Thyre after the death of her husband. Image taken from f. 112v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), ab... More

Medea uttering a spell from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 29

Medea uttering a spell from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 29

Detail of a miniature of Medea seated, uttering a spell; Jason on horseback, and the slaughter either of Absyrtus or of one of Medea's children. Image taken from f. 29 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris ... More

Medea uttering a spell from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 29

Medea uttering a spell from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 29

Miniature of Medea seated, uttering a spell; Jason on horseback, and the slaughter either of Absyrtus or of one of Medea's children. Image taken from f. 29 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus i... More

Cassandra and Priam from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 51v

Cassandra and Priam from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 51v

Miniature of Cassandra, Priam, and another figure with an uplifted sword. Image taken from f. 51v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieri... More

Statue of Opis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 11

Statue of Opis from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 11

Miniature of the statue of Opis, wife of Saturn, with two Roman worshippers. Image taken from f. 11 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulie... More

The wives of the Messenians from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 46v

The wives of the Messenians from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 46v

Miniature of the wives of the Messenians visiting their husbands in prison. Image taken from f. 46v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulie... More

Gaia Caecilia or Tanaquil from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 75

Gaia Caecilia or Tanaquil from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 75

Detail of a miniature of Gaia Caecilia or Tanaquil at her loom, while women spin and card wool. Image taken from f. 75 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (in... More

Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 119

Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 119

Miniature of Mithridates VI and his wife, Hypsicratea, on horseback. Image taken from f. 119 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, ... More

Boccaccio from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 5

Boccaccio from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 5

Detail of a frontispiece in four panels, of Boccaccio reading a book, Boccaccio presenting the book to Andrea Acciaiuoli, countess of Altavilla, a messenger presenting a letter to Semiramis, and a queen with fo... More

Priam and his son Polites being killed before the altar from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 30

Priam and his son Polites being killed before the altar from BL Royal ...

Detail of a miniature of Priam and his son Polites being killed before the altar. Image taken from f. 30 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes). ... More

Miniature from BL Harley 1766, f. 76

Miniature from BL Harley 1766, f. 76

Miniature of Euridyce and Orpheus with his harp. Image taken from f. 76 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 76

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 76

Miniature of Euridyce and Orpheus with his harp. Image taken from f. 76 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 49v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 49v

Miniature of the cremation of Polynices and Eteocles (Oedipus' sons). Image taken from f. 49v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 93

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 93

Miniatures of David attacking Goliath with a sling, and David playing the harp for Saul. Image taken from f. 93 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 158

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 158

Detail of a miniature of Marcus Attilius Regulus being welcomed to Rome. Image taken from f. 158 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Suicide of Dido from BL Harley 1766, f. 114v

Suicide of Dido from BL Harley 1766, f. 114v

Miniature of the death of Dido. Image taken from f. 114v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Page of text from BL Harley 621, f. 219

Page of text from BL Harley 621, f. 219

Page of text. Image taken from f. 219 of Du Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium). Written in French.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 43v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 43v

Miniature of the infant Oedipus abandoned on a mountainside with bound and pierced feet. Image taken from f. 43v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Triaria, wife of L. Vitellius from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 146v

Triaria, wife of L. Vitellius from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 146v

Miniature of Triaria, wife of L. Vitellius, in battle. Image taken from f. 146v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de f... More

Agamemnon and Clytemnestra from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 52v

Agamemnon and Clytemnestra from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 52v

Miniature of Agamemnon being clubbed on the head by Aegisthus; Clytemnestra is in front with an attendant. Image taken from f. 52v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French tra... More

'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 116v

'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 11...

Miniature of 'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea, waiting on her father Mithridates. Image taken from f. 116v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (inde... More

Niobe from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 26

Niobe from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 26

Detail of a miniature of Niobe viewing the dead bodies of her husband, Amphion, and two of her children. Image taken from f. 26 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French trans... More

Megullia Dotata from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 86v

Megullia Dotata from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 86v

Miniature of Megullia Dotata. Image taken from f. 86v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles et renomées).... More

Agrippina, widow of Germanicus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 136v

Agrippina, widow of Germanicus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 136v

Miniature of Agrippina, widow of Germanicus, refusing food. Image taken from f. 136v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre... More

Marianne, wife of Herod the Great from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 129v

Marianne, wife of Herod the Great from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 129v

Miniature of Marianne, wife of Herod the Great, slain with an axe. Image taken from f. 129v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, L... More

Hecuba from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 50v

Hecuba from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 50v

Detail of a miniature of Hecuba viewing the slaughter of Priam and her children. Image taken from f. 50v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris ... More

Death of Dido from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 65

Death of Dido from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 65

Detail of a miniature of the death of Dido. Image taken from f. 65 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles ... More

Libya from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 20

Libya from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 20

Detail of a miniature of a crowned Libya giving orders to three men. Image taken from f. 20 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, L... More

Death of Virginia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 93v

Death of Virginia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 93v

Detail of a miniature of the death of Virginia. Image taken from f. 93v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes no... More

Boccaccio from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 5

Boccaccio from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 5

Frontispiece in four panels, of Boccaccio reading a book, Boccaccio presenting the book to Andrea Acciaiuoli, countess of Altavilla, a messenger presenting a letter to Semiramis, and a queen with four female mu... More

Tarquinius from BL Harley 1766, f. 101v

Tarquinius from BL Harley 1766, f. 101v

Miniature of Tarquinius (index Tarquin), in armour and with raised sword, leaping on Lucretia's bed. Image taken from f. 101v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged.... More

Jadan and Jereboam (Kings I,  chapter 13) from BL Harley 1766, f. 107

Jadan and Jereboam (Kings I, chapter 13) from BL Harley 1766, f. 107

Detail of a miniature of the Prophet Jadan before the King Jereboam: the destruction of the golden calf. Image taken from f. 107 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridg... More

Irene painting a picture from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 96

Irene painting a picture from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 96

Miniature of Irene, daughter of Cratinus, painting a picture of a boy. Image taken from f. 96 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus,... More

Thamar from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 90

Thamar from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 90

Miniature of Thamar painting a picture of Diana. Image taken from f. 90 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes no... More

Hymnestra from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 24

Hymnestra from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 24

Detail of a miniature of Hymnestra being arrested on the order of Danaus. Image taken from f. 24 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulierib... More

Murder of Barsine and her son Hercailes from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 145

Murder of Barsine and her son Hercailes from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 145

Detail of a miniature of the murder of Barsine and her son Hercailes. Image taken from f. 145 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes). Written in French.

'Sabic Pompee' (Poppaea Sabina) from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 144v

'Sabic Pompee' (Poppaea Sabina) from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 144v

Miniature of 'Sabic Pompee' (Poppaea Sabina), wife of Nero, in a horse-litter. Image taken from f. 144v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris m... More

Marriage of Constantia and  Henry VI from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 160

Marriage of Constantia and Henry VI from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 160

Miniature of of the marriage of Constantia to the Emperor Henry VI. Image taken from f. 160 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, L... More

Pharaoh from BL Harley 1766, f. 24

Pharaoh from BL Harley 1766, f. 24

Miniatures of pharaoh's army pursuing the Israelites. The chariot of the Pharaoh. Image taken from f. 24 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 157v

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 157v

Detail of a miniature of Marcus Attilius Regulus being taken hostage at Carthage. Image taken from f. 157v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 76v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 76v

Miniature of Orpheus lying on his back, protesting himself from Thracian women armed with spindles and distaffs. Image taken from f. 76v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium)... More

Detail of a miniature of Sardanapalus running from the .. from BL Harley 1766, f. 117

Detail of a miniature of Sardanapalus running from the .. from BL Harl...

Detail of a miniature of Sardanapalus running from the doorway of a building amongst the flames. Image taken from f. 117 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Writ... More

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 70

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 70

Miniature of Hercules shooting arrows at Nessus and Deianira. Image taken from f. 70 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Illuminated initials from BL Harley 5427, f. 19v

Illuminated initials from BL Harley 5427, f. 19v

Illuminated initials 'A'(lcuna), 'E'(lli). Image taken from f. 19v of Elegia della Madonna Fiammeta, imperfect at the beginning (missing the first folio with the prologue and part of the first paragraph). Writt... More

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 50v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 50v

Miniature of Oedipus, his eyes apparently restored, chained to a post by his neck. Image taken from f. 50v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Wheel of Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 1

Wheel of Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 1

Detail of a miniature of the Wheel of Fortune, with a king at the top, at the beginning of the first prologue. Image taken from f. 1 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes de... More

Image from BL Harley 621, f. 7v

Image from BL Harley 621, f. 7v

Image taken from f. 7v of Du Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium). Written in French.

Lucretia from BL Harley 1766, f. 105

Lucretia from BL Harley 1766, f. 105

Miniature of Lucretia stabbing herself. Image taken from f. 105 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 50

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 50

Miniature of Queen Jocasta falling on a sword. Image taken from f. 50 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Miniatures from BL Harley 1766, f. 84

Miniatures from BL Harley 1766, f. 84

Miniatures of Samson in his prison, and Samson destroying a building where Delilah and two Philistines are dining. Image taken from f. 84 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium... More

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 71

Tinted drawing from BL Harley 621, f. 71

Detail of a tinted drawing of Poverty strangling Fortune, and, in the background, Andalo del Negro delivering a lecture. Image taken from f. 71 of Du Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes (index De casibus virorum et... More

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 175

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 175

Detail of a miniature of Boccaccio in bed, with Petrarch nearby. Image taken from f. 175 of De casibus virorum illustrium (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fammes). Written in French.

'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 116v

'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 11...

Detail of a miniature of 'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea, waiting on her father Mithridates. Image taken from f. 116v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French trans... More

Erythraea writing from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 32v

Erythraea writing from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 32v

Detail of a miniature of Erythraea writing. Image taken from f. 32v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles... More

Minerva crowned from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 15

Minerva crowned from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 15

Detail of a miniature of Minerva crowned, instructing men in making armour, while a man uses counters and another plays the flageolet. Image taken from f. 15 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus... More

Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 104

Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 104

Miniature of 'Marcie qui fut de Varron' (i.e. Jaia of Cyzicus) with mirror and sculptor's tools. Image taken from f. 104 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (... More

Boccaccio and Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 198

Boccaccio and Fortune from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 198

Detail of a miniature of Bocaccio in his study, with his vision of Fortune as a crowned lady with many arms. Image taken from f. 198 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes de... More

Camilla from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 59v

Camilla from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 59v

Detail of a miniature of Camilla, Queen of the Volscians, hunting. Image taken from f. 59v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le... More

Death of Olympias from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 97

Death of Olympias from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 97

Miniature of the death of Olympias, queen of Macedonia. Image taken from f. 97 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de fe... More

Antonia, widow of Drusus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 135v

Antonia, widow of Drusus from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 135v

Miniature of Antonia, widow of Drusus, refusing her suitors, and a musician with a harp. Image taken from f. 135v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index D... More

Cornificia with book on desk from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 129

Cornificia with book on desk from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 129

Miniature of Cornificia with book on desk. Image taken from f. 129 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus, Le livre de femmes nobles ... More

Neoptolemus sacrificing Polyxena from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 49v

Neoptolemus sacrificing Polyxena from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 49v

Miniature of Neoptolemus sacrificing Polyxena at the tomb of Achilles. Image taken from f. 49v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieribus... More

'Curie' (Turia) hiding her husband Q. Lucretius from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 126v

'Curie' (Turia) hiding her husband Q. Lucretius from BL Royal 20 C V, ...

Miniature of 'Curie (Turia) hiding her husband Q. Lucretius in the roof. Image taken from f. 126v of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De claris mulieri... More

Death of Brunhilda from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 203v

Death of Brunhilda from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 203v

Detail of a miniature of the death of Brunhilda. Image taken from f. 203v of De casibus virorum illustrium (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fammes). Written in French.

Brunhilda from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 310v

Brunhilda from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 310v

Detail of a miniature of Brunhilda being torn to pieces by horses. Image taken from f. 310v of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes). Written in French.

Sempronia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 117

Sempronia from BL Royal 20 C V, f. 117

Detail of a miniature of Sempronia, sister of the Gracchi, refusing to kiss L. Equitius. Image taken from f. 117 of Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (index De... More

Boccaccio with Adam and Eve from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 6

Boccaccio with Adam and Eve from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Boccaccio writing, with Adam and Eve standing before him. Image taken from f. 6 of De casibus virorum illustrium (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fammes). Written in French.

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