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Description of England, in Geoffrey of Monmouth; Annals To 1294 with Additions

Description of England, in Geoffrey of Monmouth; Annals To 1294 with Additions

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1295

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3142

Item number: f.81r

Length: 23.7

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Compiled in the late 13th century at the Benedictine Abbey of St Benet at Hulme, Norfolk, this collection of chronicles begins with Geoffrey of Monmouth's bestselling 'History of the Kings of Britain'. It fills out Geoffrey's imaginative account of the Britons from their origins until the coming of the Saxons with a description of Britain, chronicles from the birth of Christ and the first Saxon kings to contemporary times, and a list of Benedictine monasteries in Canterbury. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, it belonged to Hickling Priory. This page begins the description of England. It gives the divisions of the kingdom during Saxon rule and the names of shires and bishoprics. Each section of the book is marked at its beginning with a large letter decorated with an exotic animal, such as this version of a centaur, which wears contemporary headgear.

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