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The Massacre Of The Innocents And The Flight Into Egypt, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

The Massacre Of The Innocents And The Flight Into Egypt, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.28r

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.

This is a rare example of straightforward biblical imagery used in interpretation of the commentary text: on the left Herod is drawing his sword while his soldiers kill the infants, while on the right the Holy Family flee to Egypt.

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