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Anglo-Saxon justice in the Old English Hexateuch
This 11th-century manuscript of the Hexateuch (the first six books of the Bible) illustrates the administration of Anglo-Saxon justice. The text on this page, in Old English, is taken from Genesis (40. 21–22) and describes the hanging of Pharaoh’s baker. The figures depicted are shown dressed in 12th century costumes. The king is in the centre, holding a sword and a sceptre or rod, surrounded by his counsellors; the condemned man, on the right, is being strung from the gallows. The image is from the Old English Hexateuch, created in Canterbury in the 11th century. British Library Cotton MS Claudius B IV, f. 59r
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