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Jesus, Lud and Ludgate, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Jesus, Lud and Ludgate, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1314

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra D III

Item number: f.7r

Length: 25.3

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bound with a collection of histories and documents relating to the Cistercian Abbey of Hailes, in Gloucestershire, the Chronicle of Hailes covers the period from Brutus--the Brut of medieval literature, a Breton who founded the kingdom of the Britains--to 1314, during the reign of King Edward II. The early part of the Chronicle is structured around the acts of the British kings, their names given on the discs which march down the centre of the page. It tells of Lud, one of Brutus's successors, who rebuilt the earlier king's city (New Troy) and renamed it Lud City. Some of the pages have small drawings of fortifications, symbolising British towns, and here Ludgate is highlighted, being larger than the rest and having its grand gates open to reveal a red interior. Other towns shown include Worcester and Gloucester. The red and blue concentric circles indicate the birth of Christ, with the abbreviation 'ihc x' ('Jesus Christ').

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