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Scenes From The Life Of The Virgin Mary, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Scenes From The Life Of The Virgin Mary, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 E.vi

Item number: f.7v

Length: 22.8

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

James le Palmer (d. 1375) was a London Clerk who, as he tells us in the introduction, consulted over 100 different texts in compiling this vast encyclopaedia of canon law, theology, and general information. James wrote the book himself, which was a huge undertaking: in its present, unfinished form (the encyclopaedia runs out of steam after the letter 'M'), the text runs to well over very 2000 large pages, decorated with over 800 illustrations. The sequence of the first of these scenes is puzzling: if read from top to bottom, and left to right, as in the rest of the cycle of prefatory miniatures, they show: the Nativity of Christ; the Annunciation; the Visitation; and the Nativity of Christ again.

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