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The Leiden I Maccabees manuscript / Codex Per F 17

Folio 45v-46r

A double page cavalry pursuit


A large image of a double page cavalry pursuit. The Leiden I Maccabees manuscript.

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Book of Maccabees I, Saint Gall, Switzerland, second half of 9th–early 10th century, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Leiden, Codex Perizoni
This codex contains the first book of Maccabees and the fourth book of the Epitoma Rei Militaris by Vegetius. It was probably started in the Abbey of Saint Gall and finished at the Abbey of Reichenau. It is famous for its 28 illuminated pages, thought to be early depictions of a historical battle: the incursions of the Magyars in southern Germany.


Referenced on p.54, Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768-986 by D. Nicolle
These early 10th-century pictures shows cavalry in pursuit and retreat. (Book of Maccabees, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Ms. Periz. F.li, Leiden, Netherlands)

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