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By Wood, Ian Wood, Eleanor Wood, Graham Loud

A set of essays, in honour of John Taylor, which displays his pursuits in, between different issues, the Church's function in medieval historiography.

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23 Unlike MS Bodley 577 there are details in the decoration of the Lambeth drawing, for example on the sleeves and head-dresses of a few of the nuns, which need some consideration. 25 The composition of the drawing represented in Lambeth Palace, MS 200 embraces both facets of those found in MS Bodley 577. Aldhelm is again shown tonsured and placed in a semi-Evangelistic pose, while the nuns humbly receive the work offered to them by the saint. However, there appear to be some inconsistencies within the composition.

Sv and 9r (c. 133 (c. 1020-23). 2v (Regularis concordid) and Durham Cathedral Library, MS Lib. 56v (Aelfric's Grammar) where the figures of St. Aethelwold and St. Dunstan are almost identical. The Durham manuscript is slightly later in date and the artist was selective in those aspects of the exemplar which he chose to reproduce. 24 Aldhelm attacks those who are 'adorned with forbidden ornaments and charming decorations . . This sort of glamorisation for either sex consists in fine linen shirts, in scarlet or blue tunics, in necklines and sleeves embroidered with silk; their shoes are trimmed with red-dyed leather; the hair of their forelocks and the curls at their temples are crimped with a curling iron; dark-grey veils for the head give way to bright and coloured head-dresses, which are sewn with interlacings of ribbons and hang down as far as their ankles'.

II. Tenth-Century Manuscripts ofAldhelm's De Laude Virginitatis 25 the work of an experienced and highly-skilled hand. Whether this scribe was also responsible for the writing of the main text is unclear. Links have been established between the textual hand and other manuscripts produced at St. 38 There are close similarities in the techniques and designs employed for the initial forms. Despite being such an elaborate copy of the De laude virginitatis, there is one aspect of display which is not present in Lambeth Palace, MS 200.

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