The Merciful Knight
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The source for this picture was an 11th century legend retold by Kenelm Henry Digby in 'Broadstone of Honour,' published anonymously in 1822. The hero of the legend was a knight called John Gualberto, who was later canonised. Burne-Jones explained the story as being 'of a knight who forgave his enemy when he might have destroyed him and how the image of Christ kissed him in token that his acts had pleased God.'

For more information on Kenelm Digby, see the entry at

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  • Owner/Location: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery  (England - Birmingham)
    Dates: 1863
    Artist age:Approximately 30 years old.
    Dimensions: Unknown
    Medium: Unknown
    Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 05 November 2001.
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