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Triva--Week of 15 April 2009

In the attached photograph, it’s fairly obvious who’s rising out of the book. However, who is trapped under it and what sort of book is it that has crushed him?

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Answer: The picture is from folio 85r of the 13th century German law code Sachsenspiegel. http://www.sachsenspiegel-online.de/cms/ It is believed to have been compiled and translated from Latin by the Saxon administrator Eike von Repgow. Here, Repgow is being crushed by his own book, while two wrong-doers kick him in the head.

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