Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

An Attack on a City

Folio 68v

Psalm CI, the fifth Penitential Psalm, expresses the lamentation of the afflicted: "Hear, O Lord, my prayer and let my cry come to thee."
The armed assault on a city by warriors whom we see forcing its gates symbolizes the insults received by the people of God and by their leader. "All the day long my enemies reproached me: and they that praised me swear against me."
The battle takes place within Jerusalem; the enemy is shown at the doors of the fortress erected in the middle of the city.
Like folio 66v, this illumination by Jean Colombe precisely depicts weapons and troop movements at the end of the fifteenth century.

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