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Queens Aethelswitha and Aethelflaed, In The Cartulary And Customs Of Abingdon Abbey

Queens Aethelswitha and Aethelflaed, In The Cartulary And Customs Of Abingdon Abbey

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius B VI

Item number: f.14r

Length: 31.7

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Most cartularies have minimal decoration, if any, and thus this one is exceptionally lavish, having a series of illuminated 'portraits'. On this page charters granted by Queen Ealhswith (died 902), wife of King Alfred the Great, and of Queen Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred and Ealhswith, are each illustrated with images of the enthroned queen.

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