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Harley 3859 f. 190 Text page
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Description: Text page in three narrow columns, with one line for each year (abbreviated 'an' for 'annum'), most remaining blank. This is the first page of the annals, starting with the year 447. The first entry reads 'Days as dark as night,' followed by the alteration of the date of Easter by Pope Leo, the birth of Brigit and death of Patrick. In the third column, the long entry for 516 tells of Arthur's victory at the Battle of Badon, in which he 'carried the cross of Christ upon his shoulders for three days', meaning his shield bore a cross. 
Origin: France or England 


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