Miniature of the Virgin and Child, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). The Virgin, her feet resting on a dragon and a lion, is holding the Child. They are seated in an elaborate Gothic arched canopy, with niches containing two angels carrying candels, and the figures of Catherine of Alexandria and Margaret of Antioch.

Miniature of the Virgin and Child, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). The Virgin, her feet resting on a dragon and a lion, is holding the Child. They are seated in an elaborate Gothic arched canopy, with niches containing two angels carrying candels, and the figures of Catherine of Alexandria and Margaret of Antioch.

St. Margaret. 'Anonymous rendering from Italy, showing that Margaret got to take her dragon with her when she sat around and did whatever famous virgins do in heaven.'

St. Margaret. 'Anonymous rendering from Italy, showing that Margaret got to take her dragon with her when she sat around and did whatever famous virgins do in heaven.'

Margaret of Antioch emerging from the back of a dragon - Book of hours (MS G.1).  Loire River Valley, France, ca. 1475.  I really must read up on the story of Margaret of Antioch...

Margaret of Antioch emerging from the back of a dragon - Book of hours (MS G.1). Loire River Valley, France, ca. 1475. I really must read up on the story of Margaret of Antioch...

Ivory figure of St Margaret of Antioch.  Medieval, about AD 1325-50 From Paris, France.

Ivory figure of St Margaret of Antioch. Medieval, about AD 1325-50 From Paris, France.

Amherst Hours, "St. Margaret" (with dragons) Walters Manuscript W.167, fol. 101v ~ This book of hours was written in Dutch in the fifteenth century for the use of Utrecht. The Hours of the Virgin and of the Cross are accompanied here by the Dutch translation of Henry Suso's "Cursus aeternae sapientiae," a text that was particularly popular for private devotion in the Netherlands.

Amherst Hours, "St. Margaret" (with dragons) Walters Manuscript W.167, fol. 101v ~ This book of hours was written in Dutch in the fifteenth century for the use of Utrecht. The Hours of the Virgin and of the Cross are accompanied here by the Dutch translation of Henry Suso's "Cursus aeternae sapientiae," a text that was particularly popular for private devotion in the Netherlands.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 1171, f. 87r (St Margaret). Book of Hours, use of Rome. 16th century

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 1171, f. 87r (St Margaret). Book of Hours, use of Rome. 16th century

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