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Unfinished Miniature Illustrating The Commentary On Revelation 19:17-18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Unfinished Miniature Illustrating The Commentary On Revelation 19:17-18, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.71r

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.

Elsewhere in the volume, the decoration of the text is further advanced than the miniature, but here the opposite applies: the commentary text has blue and gold initials, but does not have the blue and red penwork ornament found throughout the manuscript up to this point.

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