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The Start Of Matthew Paris's 'Flowers Of History'

The Start Of Matthew Paris's 'Flowers Of History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1251

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D V

Item number: f.2r

Length: 35

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Matthew Paris was born c.1200, and was a monk of St Alban's Abbey from 1217 until his death in 1259; he was a prolific chronicler of national and local events, and several manuscripts in his own handwriting survive. His interests as a writer and artist included heraldry, natural history, ancient gems, and cartography. This is the first page of a copy of Matthew's own manuscript of 'The Flowers of History', a history of the world from the Creation to the year 1251.

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