Faith Smites Discord; Virtues Divide Discord; Virtues Build a Judgment Seat
From the Psychomachia and other texts by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens
Parchment, with green and red capitals, drawings in sepia, green, red and blue inks
England, probably Canterbury; late 10th–early 11th century
15 3/16 x 12 1/8 in. (38.5 x 30.8 cm)
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 23, part I
The frothy hemlines, fanciful patterns of cascading folds, and the ebullient stray ends of cloaks and veils make this manuscript one of the most animated and elegant of the many surviving illustrated copies of the works of the fourth-century poet Prudentius. In this lavishly illustrated version of his most revered poem, the Psychomachia, at least one drawing appears on every page.