The empress is richly dressed in the finest clothes and attended by maids of honor. But her power and wealth cannot protect her from death, who intercepts the empress and points to the open grave that is waiting for her. This vignette is a companion to the King. However her woodcut comes after that of the Cardinal because in the royal courts of the time, Cardinals and high church officials susch as the Pope outranked the power of Kings and Queens. Despite her position, the Queen, too, will dance the Dance of Death.
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