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The deed is done

We have all seen the stereotypical images of medieval knights charging on their horses towards damsels and their deaths. This quiet scene is not something that is depicted often: a knight taking off his armour. The image, plain yet remarkably expressive, captures a silent moment after the battle, the echo of the sword clattering is still in the air. With a serious, contemplative face the knight takes off his gear: he lowers his guard and steps back into regular life – less eventful perhaps, but also a lot safer. The deed is done.

Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France, MS 9, fol. 106r (Pèlerinage de vie humaine, Paris, c. 1400). More images from this manuscript here.

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