Illustrations depicting 9th Century Carolingian Costume & Soldiers from
Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD

Abraham and Lot

folio 55v upper right
lot emmené en captivité

Lot taken captive

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LOTH CAPTVS DESP. DOMIS

folio 55v lower right
abraham poursuivant l'armée des quatre rois

Abraham pursuing the army of the four kings

SEQUIT ABRAHAM PER REDONIBUS

folio 56r lower left
abraham revenant vainqueur

Abraham returns victorious

ABRAHAM VICTOR ACE DE REVERTITUR

Source: BnF Ms. Latin 8085
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.
Chastity & Lust in BnF Ms. Latin 8085
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array of Vices in BnF Ms. Latin 8085
All the images in BnF Ms. Latin 8085

Other Prudentius' Psychomachia manuscripts



See also The Golden Psalter of St. Gallen, c.883-888 and 890-900
9th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers