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Picturing a World

Calligraphic ♥♥

As some of you know, I’ve been spending time looking at medieval manuscript images to stimulate my imagination. Today, my mouth dropped open when I came across these hearts inserted in a line of poetry. I can’t make out all the text, but the line in which they occur does really and truly use the heart symbols to take the place of the word coeurs: “By which the high hearts of those who …” Best I can tell, this shape came to symbolize love or the heart in the 15th C, but I’d never before seen it used this way. I ♥ medieval art!
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