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Queen Gunhilda, consort of King Henry III of Germany, receives from her page the severed head of the man who had accused her of adultery, after he had been defeated by the page in combat, but Gunhilda renounces her victory. Engraving by S.F. Ravenet after A. Casali.

  • Casali, Andrea, 1705-1784.
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1767
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28873i
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Credit: Queen Gunhilda, consort of King Henry III of Germany, receives from her page the severed head of the man who had accused her of adultery, after he had been defeated by the page in combat, but Gunhilda renounces her victory. Engraving by S.F. Ravenet after A. Casali. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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She rolls her eyes upwards to indicate that she renounces her husband's court for a life of religion. The decapitated body of her accuser is carried away in the right background

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London (Cheapside) : I. Boydell, 1767.

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1 print : engraving ; image 46 x 36 cm

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Gunhilda, Empress of Germany, daughter of Canute, King of England, having been accused of adultery, and treated as guilty by the Emperor, is defended by her page, who in a public combat slays her accuser. After which she refuses to be reconciled to her husband, and determines to retire into a monastery. Eques. Andes. Cazali pinxt. S.F. Ravenet sculpt.

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Wellcome Library no. 28873i

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