XIV century - inspiration
Katherine, Countess of Warwick early 14th century
Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a woman at a spinning wheel being kissed by a man, from the Smithfield Decretals, Southern France (Toulouse?) with marginal decoration added in England, last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century, Royal 10 E. iv, f. 139
Manesse Codex is a book copied & illustrated between 1305 & 1340 in Zürich. It contains love songs in Middle High German by important poets, several of whom were famous rulers.The Codex Manesse portrays fearless knights & coy maidens; games of chess, backgammon, falconry, & jousting; & the royal trappings of heraldry, castles, bedecked horses, & court musicians.
1300 Germany: Color-Coded World. In a successful warring King's House (red and purple pillars) the Queen shares joy and felicity (matching garb) with a young Duke (green), bestowing her Favour as the horn calls to battle. She is elevated and protected by the King (purple railing). Both are surrounded/supported by King's attendants (purple). Each is also encouraged by a spirited, perhaps irresponsible (red) companion who anticipates the best. Fool points to troubadour singing of courtly love.