The Heart yields to Desire

Le livre du Coeur d'amour épris, par le roi René d'Anjou.
Le livre du Coeur d’amour épris, par le roi René d’Anjou.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 24399, fol. 19r.

The lover’s heart is personified by the knight on the left, bearing the arms of a heart with wings (on his helmet and on the horse’s caparison) and forget-me-nots on his shield. When he battles Desire (black armor with three marigolds [French: fleurs de souci]), he can not win, and is knocked off the bridge into icy cold water.

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