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Inhabited Initial With Drolleries, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Inhabited Initial With Drolleries, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Domitian II

Item number: f.8r

Length: 21.1

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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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 initial 'Q' and the space to the right of it are filled with two hybrid creatures playing musical instruments, and a dancing woman. In the text, the third line refers to '... our church, namely St. Martin's, Battle ...'

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