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The Start Of The Year 1066, In The Worcester Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Start Of The Year 1066, In The Worcester Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1045

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B IV

Item number: f.79r

Length: 28.5

Width: 18.5

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. Most of this page is occupied with the events of 1065, before 1066 is introduced by the date in red roman numerals and a red initial 'O'. The account of the year begins with King Harold coming from York to Westminster, and (on the bottom line of the page) an account of the comet seen in the sky.

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