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Trojan History and a History of the Anglo-Saxons, in Miscellany of History and Verse

Trojan History and a History of the Anglo-Saxons, in Miscellany of History and Verse

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vitellius C VIII

Item number: f.6v

Length: 36.5

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript was owned by the 17th-century bibliophile, Robert Cotton, whose library became part of the British Library. Cotton often bound together unrelated manuscripts into one volume for the sake of convenience. This page comes from a manuscript that was at Rievaulx in the Middle Ages, but it is bound with others from Durham and Bury. The section from Rievaulx contains a copy of the poetry of Peter Abelard, an important 12th-century theologian, a history of ancient Greece and a kind of time-line history of Britain.

From the historical section, this page has the ending of a history of the Trojan war and the beginning of a history of Christianity in Britain. At the bottom of the first column, the title in red signals the end of the first work, while the large red letter 'A' at the top of the second begins "On the Faith of the British." It chronicles the coming of the Anglo-Saxons to Britain and the mission of Augustine, whom Pope Gregory I (the Great) sent to convert the Angles.

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