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King Aethelstan's Donation to Bath, in Acts Of The Council Of Constantinople

King Aethelstan's Donation to Bath, in Acts Of The Council Of Constantinople

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 815

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius B.v

Item number: f.5r

Length: 31.6

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Sixth General Council (also known as the Third Council of Constantinople) was held in 680-681, in part to resolve a theological controversy concerning the relationship between Christ's humanity and his divinity. Although written in Germany, this manuscript was at Bath Cathedral by the 10th century. The inscription at the bottom of this page records that 'King Athelstan [king of Wessex (924-939)] gave this book to God and to the holy mother of Christ and to the saints Peter and Benedict in the monastery of . . . Bath'. Above the added inscription, the original text shows a hierarchy of script: the top seven lines are in square capitals, the next five in rustic capitals.

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