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Table of British Kings, Chronicle of the Noble English Kings, by Thomas Elmham, in a Miscellany From St Albans f.10v

Table of British Kings, Chronicle of the Noble English Kings, by Thomas Elmham, in a Miscellany From St Albans f.10v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius E IV

Item number: f.10v

Length: 40.2

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains a collection of writings and documents that relate to St Alban's monastery. It begins with a series of histories, including one about its late 8th-century founder, Offa, king of Mercia, and includes accounts of the life and miracles of St Alban, the first Christian martyr of Britain in 304. Mostly made up of documents and administrative material, it would have combined monastic reference-book with promotion of its role in Britain's Christianity. The manuscript begins with Thomas of Elmham's 'Chronicle of the Noble English Kings', which is given deluxe treatment with a lavish multiple-page table showing the British kings with brief accounts of their reigns. The kings' names and number of years of their reigns are written on crowned discs which descend the centre of the page, connected by a straight line. To either side notes on events and achievements are inscribed.

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