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The Death Of King Offa, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

The Death Of King Offa, 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.15r

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. On his return from the Holy Land, King Offa fell ill, and sent his ring to Edmund as a sign that he had chosen him as his heir. The application of a gold pattern on cloth is typical Bury St. Edmunds style of illumination in the 15th century.

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