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Decorated Initial And The Death Of Edward The Confessor, In Simeon Of Durham's 'History Of The Church Of Durham'

Decorated Initial And The Death Of Edward The Confessor, In Simeon Of Durham's 'History Of The Church Of Durham'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina A V

Item number: f.58v

Length: 23.8

Width: 16.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Simeon of Durham (c.1070-c.1130) was precentor of the monastic cathedral of Durham. He based his 'History of Durham' on the writings of Bede, an anonymous Northumbrian chronicler, Florence of Worcester, and on his own knowledge. This manuscript was apparently produced at Durham, as its artist decorated some other Durham books. Fairly soon after, however, it was acquired by Fountains Abbey, about 50 miles south in Yorkshire. This initial 'A' marks the start of a description of the events for the year 1066, starting with the death of Edward the Confessor, and the accession of King Harald.

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