Apocalypse of Jesus Christ
The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, manuscript on vellum paper, rich vibrant colors, illuminated by hand in vibrant gold on 8 1/2" 1/2" by 11" sized pages. Richly illustrated with depictions from the scenes of the apocalypse from the Welles Apocalypse, Royal MS 15 D II, held by the British Museum in London, and used with permission by the Board of Governors.
The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ is set circa 1320. This letter sized manuscript edition of the Gothic Apocalypse is set in early Fourteenth Century England. The text uses the King James Version in Plain English. The stand alone book started in what is now Spain due to concerns of the Islamic presence. By the early 1300s, the Apocalypse was a common book for kings, queens, princes, and princesses in England and France contemplating a crusade. They dreamed of glory in the fight to free the land. The time period is in the aftermath of the Ninth Crusade. Bound in real leather with raised bands. Illuminated by hand in gold and silver.
With the return of the Crusaders from the Holy Land, a revival of interest in the end of the age took place as evidenced by the number of manuscripts that were produced focused on the Apocalypse. This concern about the impending dissolution of all things was aided by Joachim of Fiore, who after a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1159 (between the Second and Third Crusades) returned to the Kingdom of Sicily where he devoted himself to the study of the prophecies of the Bible. During that visit, Baldwin III ruled the the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and kept at bay the Islamic threat posed by the Seljuk Turks and the Fatimids of Egypt. By 1200, Joachim of Fiore had to give an account to Pope Innocent III concerning his controversial understanding of prophecy and his belief that the Age of the Spirt would soon begin and end the Age of the Son in 1260. Joachim was not alone in his reading the end of the age being at hand due to the tumultuous world events, because in England alone, 50 known manuscripts of the Apocalypse were produced between 1250 and 1400.
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