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The French King Charles IV ordered this book for his queen. It's is a book of miracles about Mary. This picture is a warning of what can happen if you don't learn your prayers properly. The naked man has forgotten two of the most important prayers; he can't remember the Hail Mary or Our Father.

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What happens in this picture ?!

The French King Charles IV ordered this book for his queen. It's is a book of miracles about Mary. This picture is a warning of what can happen if you don't learn your prayers properly. The naked man has forgotten two of the most important prayers; he can't remember the Hail Mary or Our Father.

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The two devils are trying to carry him off. Luckily for him, this story has a happy ending. Suddenly, Mary appears, dressed in a blue robe with a heavenly crown on her head. She instructs the devils to put the poor man down.

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This illustration from the book comes from France and was drawn by Fauvel Master, a very famous painter. It was painted almost 700 years ago. The book was owned by the French royal family for over a century. It ended up in the National Library partly thanks to the Princes of Orange-Nassau. It's still there to this day, tucked away in the safe. And thanks to the National Library, it's ended up on your screen.