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Unfinished Miniature Representing The Defenders Of The Orthodox Faith, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Representing The Defenders Of The Orthodox Faith, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.24r

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 are two kings fighting against Saracens/Jews; to the right are bishops at an altar with a small crucifix above.

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