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King Offa At The Holy Sepulchre, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

King Offa At The Holy Sepulchre, 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.14r

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. This miniature shows Offa, King of Mercia, with his retinue kneeling at the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem. The text relates how Offa met Edmund while on his way to the Holy Land.

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