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The Destruction Of the Wicked, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

The Destruction Of the Wicked, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.58r

Length: 33

Width: 20

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.

A bishop and several monks watch a demon drowning a king and several other figures. This miniature follows a series of unfinished miniatures, showing that the book was not decorated in sequence from beginning to end.

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