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Genealogy, in a Chronicle of Ely

Genealogy, in a Chronicle of Ely

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1505

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3721

Item number: f.4r

Length: 21.8

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the middle ages, cathedrals and monasteries kept chronicles or lists of important events relating to the Church and the community. Chronicles could play a role in enforcing the community's claims to property and other rights, and also they recorded the post-biblical history of Christianity, showing the community's place within it. This chronicle belonged to the wealthy and powerful cathedral of Ely. A genealogy of kings begins on this page. It starts with Anna, King of East Anglia and father of Aethelthreda, the founder and first abbess of the community at Ely.

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