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Drawing Of The Battle Of Lincoln, In Henry of Huntingdon's 'History Of The English'

Drawing Of The Battle Of Lincoln, In Henry of Huntingdon's 'History Of The English'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 48

Item number: f.168v

Length: 24.8

Width: 14.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Henry (d.1155) archdeacon of Huntingdon's 'History of the English', is important more for the fact that his work was much copied in the Middle Ages, than for its own originality. For the earlier part he relied heavily on Bede, and even for the period of his own lifetime he does not tell us much of great historical interest. A thirteenth-century inscription records that it then belonged to the Augustinian Priory at Southwick, near Fareham and Havant, in Hampshire. Captions identify the man to the left as Baldwin FitzGilbert and the central crowned figure as King Stephen; the king is directing Baldwin to address the army of his behalf.

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