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The Miracle Of The Boy Who Fell From London Bridge, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

The Miracle Of The Boy Who Fell From London Bridge, 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.94v

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. It is recorded in the text that at 4pm on 20 November (St. Edmund's day) in 1441 a three year-old son of a butcher was thrown from London Bridge by a passing ox. The child, unharmed by the fall, was saved by a boatman.

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