The Age of illumination: Byzantine Art and Civilisation, Early Medieval Art and Civilisation, Gothic Art and Civilisation, [3 Volume Boxed-Set] For Sale
The Age of illumination: Byzantine Art and Civilisation, Early Medieval Art and Civilisation, Gothic Art and Civilisation, [3 Volume Boxed-Set]
Runciman, Steven, Henderson, George
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Prescott, Andrew -commentary - The Benedictional of Saint Aethelwold Limited Edition - ( Item 114544 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2001. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Very Good+ slipcase. Some marks to panels of slipcase. Clamshell slipcase. Facsimile edition. 4 raised bands to spine, all edges gilded, with introductory booklet in custom made clamshell box. Text is in Latin. Numbered copy 520 from a limited edition of 1000. Exquisitely produced unpaginated facsimile of a 10th century Illuminated manuscript with 41 page separate commentary. From the reign of the English King Edgar. The Benedictional of St. Ęthelwold (London, British Library, Additional MS 49598) is a 10th century illuminated benedictional. It contains the various pontifical blessings used during Mass on the differing days of the ecclesiastical year along with a form for blessing the candles used during the Feast of the Purification. The manuscript was written by the monk Godeman at the request of Ęthelwold, Bishop of Winchester. The manuscript was made sometime between 963 and 984, probably during the 970s. Folios 4r and 5v contain a Latin inscription which describes how the manuscript came to be made. Ęthelwold I was Bishop of Winchester from 29 November 963 until his death on 1 August 984, so the manuscript was produced between those dates. The benediction for the Feast of St. Swithun mentions miracles performed by Swithun, which lead H. A. Wilson to conclude that the benediction could not have been composed before the translation of Swithun's relics on 15 July 971.

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