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Illumination 2:
British Library MS Royal 20 A II, folio 3 recto
Robert Vermaat

Vortigern burns in his castle  

The animated image is based on a famous illustration from an edition of Peter of Langtoft's Chronicle of England (1307-1327). British Library MS Royal 20 A II, folio 3r.

Usually, just the top drawing is shown, which shows Vortigern in his hour of death. He has fled to (one of) his castle(s) somewhere in Wales, and in the later versions of the legend, not St Germanus, but the sons of King Constantine have caught up with him. Ambrosius and Uther (father of Arthur) then besiege Vortigern in his castle, which burn to the ground with everyone in it.

However, this illumination consists of a bottom half as well, showing King Vortigern (standing with sceptre) and his four courtiers.king e, and courtiers; two in chain mail, one with a hawk.

  Vortigern in his castle/Vortigern and his court
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