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Prologue with dedication to Alexander of Lincoln, in Henry of Huntingdon's History of Britain

Prologue with dedication to Alexander of Lincoln, in Henry of Huntingdon's History of Britain

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1310

Shelfmark: Additional MS 24061

Item number: f.1v

Length: 35.2-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Henry of Huntingdon (about 1084-1155) was a churchman and historian, who probably grew up in Lincoln and later became archdeacon of Huntingdon. Alexander, bishop of Lincoln, asked him to write an English history that would expand Bede's 'History of the English Church and People' to include the Anglo-Saxon chronicle and other medieval histories. Henry wrote a history which drew upon a wide range of sources, including oral ones from tradition as well as accounts of recent and contemporary events. After his death, it was added to by other writers. As late as the 16th century copies were being produced, by that time on the printing press. The prologue ends with a notice that it was addressed to Alexander of Lincoln. Below it the text of the history begins with the large ornamented B of 'Britannia'. The heading in larger script at the right margin tells us that the first chapter of the history is on the rule of the Romans in Britain.

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