Notes

“The Psychomachia: An Early Medieval Comic Book”

At the Medieval Manuscripts Blog, there’s an interesting–and illustrated–piece about the Psychomachia, or “The War of the Soul.” “The Psychomachia, or ‘War of the Soul’, was composed by the Late Antique poet Prudentius in the 5th century and depicts an action-packed battle between the Virtues and Vices for possession of the human soul. This allegory of good versus evil was hugely popular in the medieval period with about 300 surviving copies of the work, 20 of which were illuminated. Two illuminated Anglo-Saxon copies are held at the British Library (now Add MS 24199 and Cotton MS Cleopatra C VIII) and their illustrations can be compared to our comic books today.”

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