Fall of Princes by John Lydgate
England, probably London, c. 1465–75
Boccaccio Writing. Fall
of Princes, a prose translation and commentary on a work by
the fourteenth-century Italian writer Boccaccio, describes the tragedies
of various worldly men. In this miniature, Boccaccio is seated at
an angled writing desk holding a quill and a penknife to erase mistakes.
Three elegantly dressed characters from his story appear before
him. A leafy blue face peeks out from the letter below.
Museum & Library, Philadelphia, MS 439/16, fol. 126