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Edmund In Battle Against The Vikings, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

Edmund In Battle Against The Vikings, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1465

Shelfmark: Yates Thompson MS 47

Item number: f.39v

Length: 24.5

Width: 15.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bury St. Edmunds was the burial place of St. Edmund, a Saxon King of East Anglia, martyred in 869 by Viking invaders who had also martyred St. Fremund in 866. John Lydgate (probably from Lidgate, about 10 miles south-west of Bury), a monk of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds and one of the most prolific writers of Middle English, translated this work from Latin into English. In this crowded battle scene Edmund fighting Hinguar and his Viking army near Thetford, an event which took place during the autumn of the year 869. The silver metal by the illuminator for the armour has tarnished over the centuries and is now mostly rather dark.

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