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Queens whose finger once did stir men,
Queens were eaten of fleas and vermin,
Queens men drew like Monna Lisa,
Or slew with drugs in Rome and Pisa,
Photo credit: Mark Fiennes, by kind permission of Caroline Fiennes
The fifth panel is flashed ruby glass. The queen furthest to the left points to a red boil on her breast. The queen beside her with the elaborate headdress and sumptuous ruby gown holds up a male finger puppet that seems to amuse her. The third lady depicted is Leonard’s famous Mona Lisa, attired in deep crimson cloak and robes. The fair-haired queen to the far right appears to have been poisoned by drinking from the chalice that she holds in left hand.
Text by Lucy Costigan 2009