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Annals For The Years 1066 To 1087, In Annals From The Birth Of Christ To 1212

Annals For The Years 1066 To 1087, In Annals From The Birth Of Christ To 1212

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1212

Shelfmark: Harley MS 447

Item number: f.120v

Length: 33.7

Width: 23.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript consists of two parts: the first is a chronicle by William of Malmesbury (died 1143); and the second is a series of annals--with a particular emphasis on Bury St. Edmunds--as far as the year 1212, with subsequent additions. The manuscript was therefore almost certainly written at Bury in 1212. The first annal on this page is for the year 1066, one of the best-known in all English history. It records that William, duke of the Normans, obtained England and became king on Christmas day in London; King Harold was killed in battle. The annal for the following year records the building of Battle Abbey by King William.

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