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William The Conqueror And Other English Kings, In Matthew Paris's 'Epitome Of Chronicles'

William The Conqueror And Other English Kings, In Matthew Paris's 'Epitome Of Chronicles'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1255

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius D VI

Item number: f.9r

Length: 32

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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Matthew Paris was a monk of St Albans' Abbey, from 1217 until his death in 1259, about whom we know a great deal: he was a prolific chronicler of national and local events, from which we can learn a lot about him. Manuscripts such as this, in his own handwriting, demonstrate his interest in, and aptitude for, subjects are varied as geography, heraldry, and history, as well as his considerable abilities as a draughtsman. At the beginning of he manuscript are a series of miniatures depicting the early rulers of England. On this page are Kings William I ('the Conqueror'), William II, Henry I, Stephen. As in the rest of the series, each king holds a symbol of their reign: William I, for example, holds a ship, the means by which he invaded England, and William II holds the arrow which killed him.

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