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Historiated Initial With William The Conqueror, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Historiated Initial With William The Conqueror, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Domitian II

Item number: f.22r

Length: 21.1

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Battle Abbey was founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, on the site of his famous victory over King Harold at the Battle of Hastings (which actually took place about 7 miles from Hastings). Building began the following year, but was not completed until 1094. This manuscript contains two historical accounts of the abbey, almost certainly written there. The page is the start of the second account, introduced by an exceptionally large initial 'A' containing an image of King William enthroned.

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