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St. Edmund Being Shot With Arrows, In John Lydgate's 'Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund' And Other Middle English Texts

St. Edmund Being Shot With Arrows, In John Lydgate's 'Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund' And Other Middle English Texts

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4826

Item number: f.4r

Length: 29.6

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Lydgate (died c. 1450) was a monk at the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, and translated the 'Lives of Sts. Edmund and Fremund' from Latin into English to commemorate the visit of King Henry VI to the abbey in 1434-1435. The artist of this volume was probably a member of a workshop based in the town. Before being beheaded, St. Edmund was tied to a tree and shot full of arrows by Viking invaders, and his most common identifying attribute in medieval art is therefore an arrow.

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