The Three Living and the Three Dead

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The British Library holds a manuscript copy of a version of the Three Living and the Three Dead (see above).  BL Arundel 83 f 127

It’s of interest to see what the colours would have looked like originally, and to see the similarities in the conditions of the three dead.

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“Our” right hand King is holding up his hand in a very similar pose, and one wonders whether originally it was holding a hawk as in the BL version.

This site shows another version, in a church.  Seemingly the hawking party was the usual treatment.

http://paintedchurch.org/lutterld.htm

The moral of the story is that the three kings, “flaunting their vitality” are reminded of their mortality.