Silly straw of a family tree. Genealogical table prepared for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, showing the marriage of his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Robert's brothers and sisters are listed on subsequent pages in the manuscript.
Adam and Eve and the serpent are depicted at the foot of a 'tree of vices', represented as fruit; the owls and moth symbolise darkness; a 'rich miser' and 'proud paupers' are attended by devils. (BL Arundel MS 83II fol 128v). (British Library via Medieval Imaginations)