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Drawing Of St. Christopher, Added To A Flyleaf Of 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Drawing Of St. Christopher, Added To A Flyleaf Of 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.3v

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This Apocalypse manuscript contains the Latin text of the biblical book of Revelation, written on versos, with a commentary in French on the facing rectos, each with a miniature. The manuscript takes its name from two added inscriptions: one states that it was given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon, by a bishop of Salisbury; the other records that it was lent by the abbot and convent of Abingdon in 1362 to Joan, wife of King David II of Scotland.

This image of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child may have been added to this flyleaf so that the owner of the manuscript could look at it before making any journey: Christopher is the patron saint of travellers.

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