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Illuminated Initial, In An Account Of The Appearance of St. Michael At Mont-St-Michel

Illuminated Initial, In An Account Of The Appearance of St. Michael At Mont-St-Michel

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1489

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius A VII

Item number: f.125r

Length: 18

Width: 14.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Mont-St-Michel, the famous mount off the coast of Normandy, is named after the St. Michael because he was said to have miraculously appeared there in 708, an event which was subsequently celebrated in the Christian calendar on 29 September. The great physical similarity between Mont-St-Michel and St. Michael's Mount, and another apparition of St. Michael there, led to the Cornish site being 'twinned' with the Norman one. This manuscript, recounting the Norman apparition, was produced as a gift to the Cornish site. The start of the text is marked by an initial containing the arms of the archpresbytery of St. Michael's Mount.

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