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The kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

The kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons, in the Chronicle of the Abbey of Hailes

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1314

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra D III

Item number: ff.11v-12r

Length: 25.5

Width: 36.3

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. At the beginning of the section on the Anglo-Saxon kings, a double-page diagram sets out the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons: (clockwise from lower left: Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent,, Sussex, and Wessex. Names of counties are borne on smaller discs around the edge. The kingdoms' discs are arranged as if on a compass, with the cardinal directions indicated on small discs at the outer edge of the diagram.

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