Figurae Bibliorum

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Avril Henry
Ashgate Publishing, Limited, 1990 - Design - 178 pages
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The Eton Roundels, also known as Figurae Bibliorum, is a unique thirteenth-century manuscript consisting of twelve pages of roundels arranged in a regular scheme. It resembles the great typological compendia, Biblia Pauperum and Speculum Humanae Salvationis. However, the manuscript is English in origin and execution, and is earlier (c.1260) than the oldest surviving copies of the two large works. It is reproduced here in full colour for the first time.The introduction by Avril Henry discusses the form and content of the book, the style, the often idiosyncratic iconography, and related English typological cycles (with a full concordance). The Latin is transcribed and a modern translation provided, with an explanation of each page of this meditational aid. The contents are thus accessible to the non-specialist as well as the expert. There is an extensive bibliography.Avril Henry is Reader in English Medieval Literature at the University of Exeter.

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