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The Family of Berthold VI; The Marriage of Saint Hedwig and Heinrich
Silesia, Poland (Place created)
Tempera colors, colored washes, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 34.1 × 24.8 cm (13 7/16 × 9 3/4 in.)
The volume of the life and works of Saint Hedwig opens with a treatise on her genealogy. Following this text, the manuscript's first
The bottom half of the page represents Hedwig's marriage, at age twelve, to Duke Henry of Silesia. With the blessing of the priest at the center, Hedwig joins hands with Henry. As was common in thirteenth-century Europe, Hedwig's father, standing behind her, played a major role in arranging the politically advantageous union. The numerous witnesses attest to the marriage's strategic importance.
The manuscript's emphasis on Hedwig's family had a personal significance for its
Illuminated German and Central European Manuscripts (October 17 to December 31, 1989)
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Picturing the Medieval Family (May 4 to July 18, 1999)
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Touching the Past: The Hand in the Medieval Book (July 7 to September 27, 2015)
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