John Lydgate, The Fall of Princes


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.

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John Lydgate, The Fall of Princes (translation of Giovanni Boccaccio, De casibus virorum et feminarum illustrium)
c. 1450–1460, South East England, probably Suffolk
John Lydgate
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Harley MS 1766

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