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Henry VIII’s Psalter - Written and illuminated in 1540 by an emigré from the court of the French king Francis I, King Henry VIII’s Psalter is Jean Mallard’s most lavish production. More info

This week's #ManuscriptMonday word is ‘Allegory'. An allegory is a symbolic depiction of an idea. For example, the vagaries of fortune are often symbolised visually by a female figure, Fortuna, turning a wheel upon which figures from varied walks of life rise and fall.

Histoire générale des drogues (General History of Drugs. Pierre Pomet  (French, Paris 1658–1699. Printed 1694. Engraving in printed book 39 × 50 cm. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, History of Medicine Division

Lynx and Lizard. 2 ornaments with stylized fish heads. by peacay

Boethius, De musica, 12th century. On the mathematical basis of music

London BL - Harley 1340 f. 10r Three pillars (Pope Alexander)

Sainte Marguerite et le dragon, uncredited

Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters 1575 - 1618 Anon

A page from Carroll’s original manuscript.

Illuminated Manuscript "C"

Sowat, Ras Gallery, Barcelona

Title: Book of Hours. Use of Sarum (known as 'Queen Mary's Psalter') Date: late 15th century Image notes: Introducing Terce (Hours of the Virgin). Full page miniature painted in demi-grisaille surrounded by decorated border.