Abbots Leofric And Aelfric, In Matthew Paris's 'Deeds Of The Abbots Of St. Albans'
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Matthew Paris (c. 1200-1259) became a monk of St. Albans in 1217, and in 1236 became the abbey chronicler, a task which allowed him to exercise and explore his talents as a scribe, and as an accomplished and inventive artist. Most of this manuscript is written in Matthew's own distinctive handwriting, as are the miniatures, except for some added in the 14th century.
In the top left corner of the page Matthew drew an archbishop and noted in red that Abbot Leofric was elected archbishop of Canterbury. In fact Matthew is mistaken, and has confused Leofric and Aelfric.