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The Drummer Boy of Kent (A Story from the French Wars, 1431)

Figure descriptions
Illustrated poem page with multiple component scenes. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. The poem title appears in hand-drawn lettering on a banner at the top of the page. There is a large drum tied to the left side of the banner with leather straps. One of the straps hangs over the letter “T” and the other strop crosses diagonally over the letter “D”. A horn and decorative baubles are tied to the side of the drum. The title banner is superimposed over a scene in which a medieval cavalry, composed of armoured knights on horseback, ride into the distance. The knights ride in a line and carry both shields and flags. There is a tree in the background. Below this scene, at the right side of the page, an enlarged boy stands and looks toward the poem title. The boy wears a flat cap and holds his hands behind his back. He appears to be whistling. There are two bundles of plant matter on the ground beside him. Below the boy, a third scene depicts three drummer boys marching at the front of a medieval infantry. There is a crowd of armoured knights marching in formation behind the boys. Some of the men carry weapons and some carry flags. The poem text is let into two blank rectangular spaces which are superimposed over the top-left and bottom-right corners of the third illustrated scene.
Illustrated poem page with multiple component scenes. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. In the top half of the page, a drummer boy stands under a large tree at the edge of a body of water. He reaches up to pick something off of a tree branch which hangs above his head. The boy’s drum, drum sticks, and hat lie on the ground behind him. A section of the poem text is let into a blank rectangular space at the left side of this illustrated scene. The illustration extends slightly to the left of the poem text, forming a border along the left edge of the poem text. Below this scene, at the center of the page, there is a small, “S”-shaped border with squared edges. Inside the border, there are two clusters of indistinct shapes; they appear to be either tassels or plant matter. This scene occupies a central space between two sections of the poem text. Below this scene, the drummer boy stands in full uniform in front of a group of men. A bearded man, identified as a captain in the poem text, stands at the front of the group. He holds a spear and stares at the drummer boy. The other men stand in formation behind the captain and look toward the boy. The figures are gathered on grass beside a body of water. This scene forms a full border around a portion of the poem text, which is let into blank rectangular space on the right side of the illustrated scene. There is a single-ruled border along the top and right edges, which extends slightly along the right side of the bottom edge.
Illustrated poem page with multiple component scenes. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. At the center of the page, the drummer boy stands before a seated soldier. The boy’s hat lies on the ground. The soldier is in full armour, and is identified in the poem text as a captain. He looks at the drummer boy. A second boy stands beside the seated soldier, holding a horn. There is a crowd of soldiers in the tent behind them. Above this scene and to the left, two men hold a young boy between them, guiding him as they all walk into the distance. The boy appears to be the drummer boy; he wears the drummer boy’s plume hat, and a drum and drumsticks lie on the ground behind him. The two men both carry weapons over their shoulders. Above the central illustrated scene and to the right, a man stands with his back turned to the viewer. He holds a bow and arrow and looks into the distance toward the drummer boy. The drummer boy looks back at him. Two sections of the poem text are let into blank rectangular spaces in the top-center and the bottom-right of this cluster of illustrations.
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