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Historiated Easter Tables With St. Pachomius And The Angel, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Historiated Easter Tables With St. Pachomius And The Angel, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1020

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.9v

Length: 29.1

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript is named after Eadui Basan, one of the most accomplished scribes of the 11th century. He was a monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, and wrote a number of books apparently destined for other monasteries, as well as books and documents for his own. In addition to having some of the most beautiful handwriting of Anglo-Saxon England, he was probably also a skilled artist, responsible, for example, for the miniature in the present manuscript. This pair of arches is one of a series containing texts related to the calculation of the date of Easter, which were supposed to have been given to St. Pachomius (died c. 346) by an angel. This event is depicted at the top in a coloured drawing; the words on the scroll handed to the saint by the angel are the same as those written immediately below.

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