John Lydgate, Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund


This miniature from The Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund details the moment a child is knocked off London Bridge by passing cattle and the rivermen rowing to rescue him from the water. It reveals how busy London Bridge was during the Middle Ages, with houses, shops and a large stream of trade passing over it between the rural southern side and the city on the north bank.

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John Lydgate, Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund
c. 1461–75, South East England, probably Bury St. Edmunds
John Lydgate
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Yates Thompson MS 47

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