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The Hortus Deliciarum

Made at the Hohenburg Abbey, France, 1185
by Herrad of Landsberg (c.1130 - July 25, 1195)

folio 200v - Vices


Herrad of Landsberg (c.1130 - July 25, 1195) was a 12th century Alsatian nun and abbess of Hohenburg Abbey in the Vosges mountains. She is known as the author of the pictorial encyclopedia Hortus deliciarum (The Garden of Delights). Herrad of Landsberg was born about 1130 at the castle of Landsberg, the seat of a noble Alsatian family. She entered the Hohenburg Abbey in the Vosges mountains, about fifteen miles from Strasbourg, at an early age. She became abbess there in 1167 and continued in that office until her death.

These illustrations are from a reproduction by Christian Maurice Engelhardt, 1818. The original perished in the burning of the Library of Strasbourg during the siege of 1870 in the Franco-Prussian War. The text was copied and published by Straub and Keller, 1879-1899.

Vices in the Hortus Deliciarum, 200v
Virtues in the Hortus Deliciarum, 201r
Avarice in the Hortus Deliciarum, 203v
Mercy/Charity in the Hortus Deliciarum, 204r



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