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An English King, in the Chronicle of England, from Hailes

An English King, in the Chronicle of England, from Hailes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1326

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra D III

Item number: f.74r

Length: 25.5

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A collection of histories and documents relating to the Cistercian Abbey of Hailes, in Gloucestershire, this manuscript includes the Chronicle of Hailes which covers the period from Brutus--the Brut of medieval literature, a Breton who founded the kingdom of the Britains--to 1314, during the reign of King Edward II. Later historical works and chronicles were added to it during the 13th century. In addition to the Chronicle of Hailes, in Latin, a French 'Chronicle of England' is included in the collection, covering the foundation of the kingdom of Britain under Brutus up to King Edward III. The first page of the prologue tells of the pre-British kingdom of Albion, the first letter E of 'England' given a picture of an enthroned king holding a sword. Both columns of writing have borders with plant ornament and touches of gold.

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