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Offa And Other Early English Kings, In Matthew Paris's 'Epitome Of Chronicles'

Offa And Other Early English Kings, In Matthew Paris's 'Epitome Of Chronicles'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1255

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius D VI

Item number: f.7r

Length: 32

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Matthew Paris was a monk of St Albans' Abbey, from 1217 until his death in 1259, about whom we know a great deal: he was a prolific chronicler of national and local events, from which we can learn a lot about him. Manuscripts such as this, in his own handwriting, demonstrate his interest in, and aptitude for, subjects are varied as geography, heraldry, and history, as well as his considerable abilities as a draughtsman.

At the beginning of he manuscript are a series of miniatures depicting the early rulers of England. On this page are Kings Oswin, Egbert, Offa, and Kenelm. Offa is shown holding a model of St. Albans abbey, which is he was supposed to have founded on the site where St. Alban was martyred.

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