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Kings of Kent, Wessex, Sussex, and Mercia, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Kings of Kent, Wessex, Sussex, and Mercia, 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.12v

Length: 25.5

Width: 18

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 linear arrangements of the discs giving the names pre-Anglo-Saxon kings which were strung down the centre of previous pages now gives way to an ingenious variation to show the co-existing rulers of the multiple early English kingdoms. Each kingdom has a large disc from which trails a line of small discs bearing the kings' names. On this page, the contemporary acts of rulers of Kent, Wessex, Sussex and Mercia are presented.

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