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Gothic royal tombs of Northern Europe

In the glory of silent sleep

By and large Italian tombs differed from their Northern counterparts in displaying the deceased with eyes closed and hands clasped in prayer or crossed in death. Amongst Northern European royals only the Plantagenets buried at the abbey of Fontevrauld - Henry II (d.1189), his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine (d.1204), their son Richard the Lion Heart (d.1199) and Isabelle of Angoulême (d.1246) - were depicted in such a manner - as if lying in state on a parade bed in the glory of deep, silent sleep, the draperies of their tunics softly enveloping the body to conform with the reclining position. However, this model did not gain popularity in Northern Europe.

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