Archbishops of Canterbury, in a Table of Emperors, Kings and Churchmen
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
This manuscript contains an abridgement of the Bible which encapsulates the history and generations of men and women presented in the Old and New Testaments and gives moralising interpretations of them. Many of the pages are set out with diagrams showing the sequence of events and God's actions within them. This abridgement has been traditionally attributed to Peter of Poitiers, who was professor of theology at the University of Paris in the late 12th to early 13th centuries, but it is far from certain that he really wrote it.
Part of this section contains diagrams showing the chronology of kings, popes and archbishops. Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury, is shown next to Pope Gregory I ('the Great'), who sent him to Britain to convert the Anglo-Saxons at the end of the 6th century.