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Marginal Drawing Of The Battle Of Evesham, In 'The Rochester Chronicle'

Marginal Drawing Of The Battle Of Evesham, In 'The Rochester Chronicle'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1355

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D II

Item number: f.177r

Length: 34

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Rochester Chronicle' is a version of another popular chronicle called the 'Flowers of the Histories', into which a monk called Edmund of Haddenham interpolated material relating to Rochester. This is the unique manuscript of his work. It has the added interest of a large number of marginal drawings and a few fully painted miniatures which relate to the text. It also has some historiated initials and a large number of amusing penwork doodles. There is little doubt that this manuscript was made at Rochester, perhaps by or under the supervision of Edmund himself. The Battle of Evesham was fought on 4 August 1265, between rebel barons led by Simon de Montfort, and Henry III's son, the future Edward I. The result was carnage, with Simon and his men massacred. Simon's body was dismembered (as in the drawing), and the pieces sent to different parts of the kingdom.

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