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The Introduction To The Annals, In The Worcester Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Introduction To The Annals, In The Worcester Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1045

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B IV

Item number: f.3r

Length: 28

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The so-called Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was begun under King Alfred the Great, circa 890, and added to over the following centuries. The text is represented by nine surviving manuscripts (of which seven are in the British Library), whose texts vary according to where they were written; the version in the present manuscript is therefore known as the 'Worcester' Chronicle. The text begins (in a modern English edition): 'The island Britain is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad. And there are in the island five nations: English, British ( i.e. Welsh), Scottish, Pictish, and Latin . . .'

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