MS G.55 fol. 140v

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Hours of Pierre de Bosredont

France, Langres
ca. 1465
157 x 113 mm

Gift of the Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984

MS G.55 fol. 140v

Scene, Historical: Crusade — Two ships with oars are in front of a rocky island. The foremost is decorated with the heraldry of Hospitallers (gules, a cross argent) and of Pierre de Bosredont (quarterly, vair and gules) and with two banners, one with John Baptist holding a lamb with a bannered(?) cross staff and the other with the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. Soldiers on the ship wear armor and hold shields with Hospitaller heraldry. The ship in the harbor is decorated with unidentified heraldry (quarterly, 1 and 4 or an aigle(?) gules, 2 and 3 sinople). Soldiers on the ship wear pointed hats. Soldiers walking into the scene from the left of the island wear armor with Hospitaller heraldry. They variously hold a gun, a bow and arrow, and spears. One has a banner. Soldiers walking from the right side of the island wear pointed hats. They carry a crossbow(?) and spears. Castles and a tower are on the top and far side of the island, and three ships are in the distance.

The margins are decorated with floreate ornament. The heraldic shield of Pierre de Bosredont (quarterly, vair and gules) is in the lower margin.