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Miniature Representing St. John The Evangelist And Persecutions, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing St. John The Evangelist And Persecutions, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.26r

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.

Depiction of architectural details like those to the left of this image have helped scholars to date this manuscript: the naturalistic ivy leaf that surmounts the gable was first used at Notre Dame in Paris after about 1260, and first appears in England in the chapter houses of York Minster and Southwell Minster after about 1270.

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