Miniature of the temptation of Adam and Eve, from John Lydgate's The Fall of the Princes

Description

In this iconic scene, described in Genesis, the first book of the Christian Bible, the serpent tricks Eve into disobeying God and eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge. For medieval Christians this was seen as the origin of original sin, and used to justify women’s subordinate place in society.

Full title:
John Lydgate, The Fall of Princes (translation of Giovanni Boccaccio, De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium)
Created:
c. 1450 - 1460, South East England, probably Suffolk
Format:
Manuscript / Illustration
Creator:
Lydgate John
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Harley MS 1766

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