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Inscriptions Added To A Flyleaf Of 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Inscriptions Added To A Flyleaf Of 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.4v

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.

The inscription in French at the top of this flyleaf is in a 14th-century hand, and its faulty translation into English below, dated 1581, record that 'This book was lent to Dame Joan, by the grace of God Queen of Scotland, by the abbot and convent of Abingdon, on the day of the Annunciation to Our Lady [25 March], the 36th year of King Edward III [1262] . . .'

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