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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 48

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 48

Miniature of Oedipus tearing out his own eyes, with his crown lying on the ground. Image taken from f. 48 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 90v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 90v

Miniatures of Canace holding a sword and a pen, with a child in her lap, and below, Canace killing herself with a sword while her child is devoured by two dogs. Image taken from f. 90v of The Fall of Princes (... More

Julian the Apostate from BL Harley 1766, f. 201v

Julian the Apostate from BL Harley 1766, f. 201v

Detail of a miniature of Julian the Apostate being pierced by a spear. Image taken from f. 201v 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.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 105

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 105

Miniature of Lucretia (index suicide 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.

Tomb of Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 219

Tomb of Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 219

Detail of a miniature of the tomb of Arthur. Image taken from f. 219 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Death of Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 159v

Death of Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 159v

Detail of a miniature of the death of Marcus AttiliusRegulus. Image taken from f. 159v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Theodosius from BL Harley 1766, f. 205

Theodosius from BL Harley 1766, f. 205

Detail of a miniature of Theodosius praying to Christ. Image taken from f. 205 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Nero's escape from BL Harley 1766, f. 171v

Nero's escape from BL Harley 1766, f. 171v

Deatail of miniature of Nero in flight after Agrippina's death. Image taken from f. 171v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

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

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

Detail of a 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.

Oedipus from BL Harley 1766, f. 46v

Oedipus from BL Harley 1766, f. 46v

Detail of a miniature of Oedipus raising his sword to cut off the head of the Sphinx. Image taken from f. 46v 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

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.

Text page from BL Harley 3799, f. 92

Text page from BL Harley 3799, f. 92

Text page. Image taken from f. 92 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium). Written in English.

Oedipus from BL Harley 1766, f. 46v

Oedipus from BL Harley 1766, f. 46v

Miniature of Oedipus raising his sword to cut off the head of the Sphinx, portrayed as a man in a blue garment, holding a large scimitar. Image taken from f. 46v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum... More

King from BL Harley 1766, f. 218

King from BL Harley 1766, f. 218

Miniature of King Arthur and three knights slaying the heathen kings. Image taken from f. 218 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 44v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 44v

Miniature of Oedipus consulting the Oracle of Delphi to find out about his parentage and his future. Image taken from f. 44v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. ... More

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 259v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 259v

Miniature of, to the left, prince Edward and his soldiers with the banner of England and, to the right, a king in armour leading soldiers armed with spears; dead bodies lie in the foreground. Image taken from f... More

Expulsion from Paradise from BL Harley 1766, f. 13

Expulsion from Paradise from BL Harley 1766, f. 13

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

Death of Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 159v

Death of Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 159v

Miniature of the death of Marcus Attilius Regulus. Image taken from f. 159v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 63v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 63v

Miniature of Atalanta shooting an arrow into the shoulder of a wild boar, and below, Meleager crowned, slaying his uncles. Image taken from f. 63v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum i... More

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 158

Marcus Regulus from BL Harley 1766, f. 158

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.

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 43

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 43

Miniature of Layus kneeling before Apollo. Image taken from f. 43 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Alboinus from BL Harley 1766, ff. 221v-222

Alboinus from BL Harley 1766, ff. 221v-222

Miniatures of king Alboinus, in bed, defending himself with a club against two swordsmen. The death of Queen Rosamond and Squire Melchis with an attendant bearing the coup with poisoned wine. Image taken from f... More

Beginning of Lydgate's dedication to Humfrey of Gloucester; decorated border. from BL Harley 1766, f. 5

Beginning of Lydgate's dedication to Humfrey of Gloucester; decorated ...

Detail of a miniature of two Benedectine monks kneeling before saint Edmund enthroned. The monk at the right (John Lydgate) holds a scroll reporting:" dann Iohn lydgate". Miniature at the beginning of Lydgate's... More

Nero's escape from BL Harley 1766, f. 171v

Nero's escape from BL Harley 1766, f. 171v

Miniature of Nero in flight after Agrippina's death. Image taken from f. 171v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Miniatures from BL Harley 1766, f. 28

Miniatures from BL Harley 1766, f. 28

Miniatures of Cadmus kneeling before Apollo, a claw-footed and horned idol figure; the brown bull of Cadmus in a meadow; Thebes represented as a gateway. Image taken from f. 28 of The Fall of Princes (index De ... More

Heathen kings being slain by Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 218

Heathen kings being slain by Arthur from BL Harley 1766, f. 218

Miniature of King Arthur and three knights slaying the heathen kings. Image taken from f. 218 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Orpheus from BL Harley 1766, f. 76v

Orpheus 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 from BL Harley 1766, f. 38

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 38

Miniature of Ariadne abandoned by Theseus on Naxos Island. Image taken from f. 38 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

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

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

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

Hippolytus and Phaedra from BL Harley 1766, f. 39

Hippolytus and Phaedra from BL Harley 1766, f. 39

Detail of miniatures of Hippolytus and his chariot sinking in water, and Phaedra falling on her sword. Image taken from f. 39 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged.... More

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 74v

Detail from BL Harley 1766, f. 74v

Miniature of Narcissus falling into a well where his face is reflected. Image taken from f. 74v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.

Illuminated border and initial from BL Harley 1245, f. 1

Illuminated border and initial from BL Harley 1245, f. 1

Full border and initial with foliate decoration. Image taken from f. 1 of The Fall of Princes, Books 1-9, imperfect (ff. 1-182v), preceded by a table of contents (f. 1* verso), and followed by Lydgate's 'Defenc... More

Decorated initial and border from BL Harley 4197, f. 1

Decorated initial and border from BL Harley 4197, f. 1

Decorated initial 'H'(e) combined with a foliate border including acanthus leaves and besants at the beginning of the text. Image taken from f. 1 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum il... More

Text page from BL Harley 4203, f. 5v

Text page from BL Harley 4203, f. 5v

Text page with pen-flourished initial. Image taken from f. 5v of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), imperfect. Written in English and Latin (some rubrics only).

Text page from BL Harley 1766, f. 91

Text page from BL Harley 1766, f. 91

Text page with a flourished initial and a 'champ' initial with foliate feathering. Image taken from f. 91 of The Fall of Princes (index De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium), abridged. Written in English.