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Inhabited Initials, In The Demetian Version Of 'The Law Of Hywel Dda'

Inhabited Initials, In The Demetian Version Of 'The Law Of Hywel Dda'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1490

Shelfmark: Additional MS 22356

Item number: f.47v

Length: 24.7-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 16.5-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the early middle ages Wales was divided in several kingdoms, each with its own laws. Hywel ap Caell, usually known as 'Hywel Dda' or Hywel the Good, who became king over nearly all of Wales in 942, is credited with having brought these different systems into a single body of law, although three different versions exist: for Venedotia (north Wales), Dimetia (south Wales), and Gwent (south-east). The Law continued in use in Wales until the union with England in 1536. Both the large initials on this page contain human faces, shown frontally, and a descender hanging from a letter on the lowest line of writing has been embellished with another face in profile.

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