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    British Library, Royal 15E IV, detail of f. 316v (Queen Isabella and her army.). Jean of Wavrin, Recueil des croniques d’Engleterre. France, N. E. (Lille?) and Netherlands, S. (Bruges), c.1470-1480.

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