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Miniature Representing The Fall Of The Jews And The Call Of The Gentiles, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing The Fall Of The Jews And The Call Of The Gentiles, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.17r

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 scene men identified as Jews by their headgear are being killed, while Jewesses (far left side) bury their faces in their hands; in the middle is a king; while to the right are a queen, Christ, and Christian bishops.

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