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The Angel Appears To St. John On The Island Of Patmos, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

The Angel Appears To St. John On The Island Of Patmos, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.5r

Length: 33

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

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. St. John the Evangelist is supposed to have witnessed the events recorded in Revelation in a vision while in exile on the Island of Patmos.

In this miniature he is shown asleep on the island, being visited by the angel of his vision. In the historiated initial John is being instructed to write down what he has seen.

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