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Annals For The Years 1171 To 1174, In Annals From The Birth Of Christ To 1212

Annals For The Years 1171 To 1174, In Annals From The Birth Of Christ To 1212

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1212

Shelfmark: Harley MS 447

Item number: f.124r

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 line on this page records the death of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, 'sacrificed before the altar of St. Benedict'. The following lines record the dramatic events that ensued, including the beginnings of miracles at Thomas's shrine, and his subsequent canonisation. Among the annals for 1173 it is recorded that the Count of Leicester was arrested at Bury St. Edmunds, presumably reflecting the local interest of the compiler.

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