Friday, December 17, 2010

National Library of Wales creates website for 15th century manuscript

A colourful medieval manuscript that depicts the story of Alexander the Great is now available online from the National Library of Wales’s website.

Peniarth 481D, one of the most elaborately decorated medieval manuscripts in the Library, has survived in its original binding. The popular medieval legendary account of the life of Alexander the Great was an ideal text for the illustrator, and the text is also lavishly decorated with borders and gilded initials. The manuscript was written on parchment in the late 15th century. The manuscript is in two parts, and it is likely that both parts were bound together as one volume from the outset, probably in England.

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