Heresy, More Pernicious than Plague

Book Title: Christeliicken waerseggher : de principale stucken van t'christen geloof en Leuen int cort begrijpende. Met een rolle der deugtsaemheyt daer op dienende. Ende een schildt-wacht teghen de valsche waersegghers, tooueraers, etc. / Deur den e. Heer P. Ioannes David, priester der Societeijt Iesu

Author: David, Jan, 1545?-1613

Image Title: Heresy, More Pernicious than Plague

Description: At the left of the image, a gorgon like figure, in military garb, holding a cornucopia from which weapons overflow, stands in the mouth of Hell, presenting a book bearing the word "heresy" to a crowd that flees. This is paralleled in two background images, one of a wolf accosting a flock of sheep and the other of a body being cremated, likely as a check on contagion, while two men and two women flee. The Latin superscription notes, "Heresy, the most pernicious plague," as the text below, "What is more deadly than a poisonous plague? Heresy: This fosters the Stygian next of vipers.".

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