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Widowed mother from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 229v

Widowed mother from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 229v

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Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a widow, whose only child was being held captive, and finding prayers before an image of the Virgin of no avail, snatched the Christ-child from the Virgin Mary's arms to hold as a pledge. Image taken from f. 229v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

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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1310 - 1320
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British Library
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