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Bishops of England, in a collection of chronicles and histories f.211v

Bishops of England, in a collection of chronicles and histories f.211v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius B VII

Item number: f.211v

Length: 28.8

Width: 19.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Chronicles and histories were important to medieval monasteries for at least two reasons. First, chronicles and annals could be important in supporting claims to lands granted them in the past. Also, history meant the story of the world since the beginning, in other words the creation as told in Genesis, and it was the story of the Fall and salvation through Christianity, in which the monasteries were believed to be playing a role. This collection probably was from Lichfield. In a section on the bishops of the English, the names of the bishops and archbishops are listed in columns under arches in the centre of the page, one arch per See, while the history of the bishops is written to either side. This page has the bishops of the kingdom of Mercia, with Lichfield at centre top.

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