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Miniature Representing The Idea That Those Who Despise The Warnings Of The Prophets Go To Hell, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing The Idea That Those Who Despise The Warnings Of The Prophets Go To Hell, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.15r

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.

To the left of the miniature are prophets and King David standing behind the Nativity of Christ (the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies), while on the right people who did not believe the prophecies are thrown into hell.

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