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Folio 4v - Christ in Majesty


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It is not part of the project to provide a definitive edition of the text of the Bestiary, but to help readers by providing a transcription and translation of the text. Currently the following editorial conventions obtain:

Text

  1. The original capitalisation is retained, but capitals have been added for personal and place names, excluding deus and diabolus.
  2. The original punctuation, including a point and inverted semi-colon (both serving as commas), and a point (serving as a full stop), is represented by comma, full stop and question-mark; a colon has been inserted before quotations.
  3. Suggested readings are in [ ].
  4. Variants from other Bestiary texts (eg Ashmole 1511 and Patrologia Latina 176) are added where they indicate a corruption, elucidate a meaning and replace excised text. They are represented as [A: PL:]

Translation

  1. Direct quotations from the Bible, where identified, are cited from the Authorised Version in ( ).
  2. Paraphrased quotations are identified where possible and indicated as: (see Job, 18:22).
  3. Suggested translations of corrupt words are in [ ].
  4. Capitalisation is sparing; additional punctuation has been used where necessary to give the sense. Paragraphs have been created to break up the text.

Illustration

Christ in majesty. This page has no text and links the Creation sequence with the material of the Bestiary. It reflects the eternity and immanence of God's creation. Christ in Majesty is seated on a throne in a quadrilobe mandorla with his feet on the rainbow. He wears a blue gown with a red cloak and has no beard. His right hand is raised in blessing and his left holds a book. Four angels support the mandorla, their bodies twisted in energetic contortions. The four tetramorphs are represented in roundels in the corners. The Biblical texts for this image are Revelation 4-5, Matthew 25:31

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    Illustration

    Christ in majesty. This page has no text and links the Creation sequence with the material of the Bestiary. It reflects the eternity and immanence of God's creation. Christ in Majesty is seated on a throne in a quadrilobe mandorla with his feet on the rainbow. He wears a blue gown with a red cloak and has no beard. His right hand is raised in blessing and his left holds a book. Four angels support the mandorla, their bodies twisted in energetic contortions. The four tetramorphs are represented in roundels in the corners. The Biblical texts for this image are Revelation 4-5, Matthew 25:31

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