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The Instruments Of The Passion, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

The Instruments Of The Passion, 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.15r

Length: 45.2

Width: 30.4

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. Following the long series of prefatory miniatures, the first text in the volume is a prayer, illustrated by a miniature showing more than thirty objects associated with Christ's Crucifixion, including the purse of money used to bride Judas, the whips which Christ was beaten, the column to which he was tied, the Crown of Thorns placed on his head, the hammer and nails used to fix him to the Cross, and the pliers used to remove the nails.

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