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The Presentation Of A Manuscript To King Henry VI, In John Lydgate's 'The Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund'

The Presentation Of A Manuscript To King Henry VI, In John Lydgate's 'The Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1434

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2278

Item number: f.6r

Length: 24.7

Width: 16.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bury St. Edmunds was the burial place of St. Edmund, a Saxon King of East Anglia, martyred in 869 by Viking invaders who had also martyred St. Fremund in 866. John Lydgate (probably from Lidgate, 10 miles from Bury), a monk of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds and one of the most prolific writers of Middle English, translated this work from Latin into English to be presented to the 12-year-old King Henry VI, to commemorate his stay at Bury from Christmas 1433 to Easter 1434. It is likely that this manuscript was made at Bury under Lydgate's supervision for presentation to the king. This miniature probably records an event during Henry's stay at the abbey: he is being presented with a book, probably by William Curteys, the abbot. The royal arms in the illuminated initial, and the adjacent antelope badge of Henry VI, suggest that this book was intended for the king himself.

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