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Miniature Representing Christ As The Door To Heaven, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing Christ As The Door To Heaven, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.7r

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.

A king, two bishops, and several laymen approach Christ, who sits enthroned next to the doorway to heaven.

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