the body politic


"As personification of state, nude figure of bearded crowned king, holding scepter in left hand, bears scrolls attached at following points:
head, inscribed SENESCHALS BAILLIS ET TOUS IUGES (seneschals, bailiffs, and other judges)
breast, inscribed CONSEILLIERS ET SAIGES (advisors and wise men)
right hand, inscribed CHEVALIERS (knights)
right leg, inscribed MARCHEANS  (merchants)
left foot, inscribed LABOUREURS DE TERRES. (laborers)."

Avis aus roys
France, probably Paris, 1347-1350
Morgan MS M.456 fol. 5r