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Drawing By Matthew Paris Of Christ In Majesty, In A Compilation Of John Of Wallingford's Works

Drawing By Matthew Paris Of Christ In Majesty, In A Compilation Of John Of Wallingford's Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1155

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius D VII

Item number: f.60v

Length: 18.6

Width: 12.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: 3D Map

This volume contains a chronicle, and several works composed by John of Wallingford, written in his own handwriting. He became a monk of Wallingford (between Oxford and Reading) in 1231, moved to St. Albans in 1246/7 where he was in charge of the infirmary, and moved again c.1257 to Wymondham, a cell of St. Albans, where he died in 1258. Parts of the manuscript were written and illustrated while he was at St. Albans, but other parts date to the final year of his life, when he was at Wymondham, a few miles south-west of Norwich. This drawing, probably by the famous St. Albans monk Matthew Paris (d.1259), shows Christ in Majesty, blessing and holding a chalice. The image combines allusions to various biblical texts: the twelve crowns that surround him refer to the Book of Revelation chapter 12, and the lion and dragon under his feet to Psalm 91.

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