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Inhabited Initial, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Inhabited Initial, In 'The Chronicles Of Battle Abbey'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Domitian II

Item number: f.8v

Length: 21.1

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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St. Martin's Abbey, Battle, 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, in Sussex). Building began the following year but was not completed until 1094. This manuscript contains two historical accounts of the abbey, almost certainly written there. Having no obvious relation to the text, this initial 'Q' is occupied by an archer with the hindquarters of an animal.

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