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Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

British Library. Cotton MS Titus D XVI,
St Albans, England, 1120AD.

folio 2v upper
Lot captured

folio 2v lower
Abram pursues the four kings

folio 3r
Abram returns victorious

folio 6v
Lust attacks Chastity with a Brand

folio 7r upper
Chastity throws a Rock at Lust

folio 7r lower
Chastity Pierces Lust

folio 8v
Chastity Washing Her Spear

Prudentius (born in 348 in northern Spain, died after 405) spent most of his life following worldly pursuits, but later turned to writing, in which he aimed to glorify God and atone for his earlier sins. One of his most popular works is a poem called Psychomachia (Conflict of the Soul), which describes the battles between female personifications of human virtues and vices.

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