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Flourished Initials, In William Of Malmesbury's History Of The English Kings

Flourished Initials, In William Of Malmesbury's History Of The English Kings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1212

Shelfmark: Harley MS 447

Item number: f.53v

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 preface and text of Book III are marked by initials alternately blue or red, flourished in the opposite colour, in a style typical in England in the early part of the 13th century.

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