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Claiming to be inheritor to the emperors of Byzantium, an unique yet elusive determine named Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious situations within the Elizabethan underworld. this primary biography of a rare personality offers new documentary facts which helps his imperial pretensions—long disregarded via historians—but additionally exposes him as a seducer, a undercover agent, and, such a lot intriguingly of all, a ruthless murderer within the pay of the depraved Earl of Lincoln.
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But why could these paintings not have had a devotional purpose for this private patron – or for the Church, for that matter? It is the symbols of the pagan cults, which Fränger called signs of “swampy procreation and ritual promiscuity” that he did not believe could have been shown on church altars. Perhaps they could not be shown on our church altars, but in that time of less tender sensibility, evil practices of all kinds were denounced in descriptive detail from the very pulpits. In fact, such practices are denounced even today from fundamentalist Protestant pulpits.
They are seen only once, Adam sitting and Eve kneeling on either side of the Lord. The group is placed on a lawn between two pools, from which crawl hybrid animals engaged in bizarre activities. A fountain in the centre or the middle pool and a rock structure in the upper background appear to have become organic and grown to their odd conformations. There is an entire apple grove behind the Creator and Created, but no tree seems to be as distinguished as the Tree of Life – this must be the palm-like tree to the side of Adam.
The central painting (p. 90), now supposed to be an illustration of the Flemish proverb: “the world is a haystack; everyone takes what he can grab thereof”, is dominated by a gigantic hay wagon which, according to Jacques Combe: Evok[es] at the same time the late Gothic motive of the procession of pageant, and the Renaissance Triumph … drawn by semi-human, semi-animal monsters and headed straight for hell, followed by a cavalcade of ecclesiastical and lay dignitaries. From all sides of the wagon men scramble over one another to pull hay from the giant stack.
An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer by John B. Hall