Life of St Edward the Confessor (MS Ee.3.59)

Matthew Paris (d. 1259)c.1250-1260

Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This is the only surviving copy of an illustrated biography of Edward the Confessor. Written in verse in Anglo-Norman (the French used in medieval England), the manuscript illustrates the complexity and sophistication of English pen and wash narrative art in the thirteenth century. Correspondences between the text and the historical works of Matthew Paris (d. 1259), a chronicle writer and monk of St Albans, suggest very strongly that he was the author.


  • Title: Life of St Edward the Confessor (MS Ee.3.59)
  • Creator: Matthew Paris (d. 1259)
  • Date Created: c.1250-1260
  • Location Created: England, London/Westminster
  • Rights: Cambridge University Library
  • View the fully digitised item in Cambridge Digital Library using this link: https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-EE-00003-00059/1

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