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Miniature Representing The Power Of Rome, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing The Power Of Rome, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.18r

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.

The image contains four compositions, each with a king and a bishop: three are in circles (representing cities) to the left , and one larger one is to the right. They represent the kingdoms of Assyria, Persia, Macedonia and Rome; the power of the first three has passed to the fourth.

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