Tangent du mois over on the FMRSI

Reappearing this month just in time for St Valentine’s Day.

CAPTION CONTEST FOR THE FMRSI’S BANNER IMAGE.

Musée Condé, Chantilly ms 482/665 fº 60 v°: Le Roman de la Rose. Miniature of Abelard and Heloise. 14th c.

Of immense import re. the Letters, Jean de Meun’s translation thereof, Jean de Meun’s Rose, and the place of Abelard and Heloise therein. Of further import re. codicology, image/text relations, and that end of intertextuality. Of yet further import for iconographical reasons re. connections to Tristan and Iseult and Boethian resonances. But I’ll stop there – Books Have Been Written and Ink Spilled, and there were many reasons I chose that image, and that specific part of it, for the Forum’s Governing Sign.

THE MILION-DOLLAR QUESTION:
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING TO EACH OTHER?

Answers on a postcard to the usual competition address as comments to this post please … It will continue to reappear on a more or less regular basis until a satisfactory answer has been provided, at which point there will be a prize!

Here’s the full image, for your greater delectation:

abenhelly-hires

[This item made its first appearance on the suggestion of Prof. Thomas Horine. Honorary Medievalist and Renaissanceur – indeed, a Renaissance man, actually, being a polymath of tremendous erudition, wisdom, and wit. And, of course, a mathematician.]

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