'Conflict Of The Soul'
Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, c. 890 AD
Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?
Chastity and Lust
folio 103v upper
Chastity fights against Lust
PUDICITIA CONTRA LIBIDINIM PUGNAT
folio 103v lower
Chastity throws a rock at Lust
FIDES (sic) LIBIDINEM CUM SAXO PERCUTIT
folio 104r upper
Chastity pierces Lust with her sword
PUDICITIA LIBIDINEM TRANS FIGIT GLADIO
folio 104r lower
Chastity treads on Lust
PUDICITIA EXTINCTAM LIBIDINEM INCREPAT
Chastity washes her sword in the river Jordan
PUDICITIA GLADIUM SUUM LAVAT IN IORDANE FLUMINE
folio 105v upper
Chastity hides her sword under an altar
PUDICITIA GLADIUM SUUM SUBTER ALTARI RECONDIT
Source: Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91
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.
'Abraham & Lot' in Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, c. 890 AD
'Patience strides with Job amid her foes' in Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, c. 890 AD
Other Prudentius' Psychomachia manuscripts