Friday 7 April 2023

Is this the earliest depiction of Stonehenge?

"Among the marginalia of the autograph manuscript of Gervase of Tilbury’s Otia Imperialia, Vatican lat. 933, f. 41rb (1210-1215) there are what Caldwell (Scriptorium 11, 1957, 91) calls ‘primitive looking pictures’, one of which, on f. 41rb, illustrates the Giants’ Ring with the inscription Conposita corea gigantum a Merlino."

From Ian Short's fascinating study of early Stonehenge literature; Stonehenge en romanz: texts and translations  

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