Illustrations in manuscripts of
Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'





'Abraham & Lot' in Leyden, Universitatsbibliothek, Codex Burmanni Q 3, 9th century
'Chastity & Lust' in Leyden, Universitatsbibliothek, Codex Burmanni Q 3, 9th century (with English translation)
'Abraham & Lot' in BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD
'Chastity & Lust' in BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD
'Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array of Vices' in BnF Ms. Latin 8085
All the illuminations in BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD
'Prudentius' Psychomachia, Betrayal of the army of the righteous, in BnF Ms. Latin 8318, 9th century
'Abraham & Lot' in Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, c. 890 AD
'Chastity & Lust' in Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, c. 890 AD
'Abraham & Lot' in Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 264, Lake Constance, c.900AD
'Chastity & Lust' in Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 264, Lake Constance, c.900AD
'Abraham & Lot' in Brussels, Bibliotheque royale, Ms. 10066-77, 10th century
'Chastity & Lust' in Brussels, Bibliotheque royale, Ms. 10066-77, 10th century
Anglo-Saxons in Chastity and Lust in Prudentius' Psychomachia, British Library, MS Cotton Cleopatra C VIII, c.1000
More Anglo-Saxons in Prudentius' Psychomachia, British Library, MS Cotton Cleopatra C VIII, c.1000
Anglo-Saxons in Prudentius' Psychomachia, Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, c.1000 (small images only)
'Chastity & Lust' in St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Ms. 135, 10th-11th century
'Lot taken captive', Koln, Dombibliothek, Ms. 81, Early 11th century (An unfinished illumination)
'Abraham & Lot' in Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22, 11th century
'Patience & Anger' in Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22, 11th century
'Prudentius' Psychomachia in British Library Additional MS 24199, Bury St. Edmunds, England, c.1090AD
Prudentius' Psychomachia, British Library. Cotton MS Titus D XVI, St Albans, England, 1120AD

A comparison of the scene for 'Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array of Vices' from different manuscripts.

Other representations of female Vices and Virtues:
Front cover of the Melisende Psalter, Jerusalem, 1131-43 AD
Virtues and Vices in the late 12th century Hortus Deliciarum by Herrad of Landsberg
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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