Thursday, March 1, 2012

Madonna And Child embroidery design

Madonna And Child

I give the
lands of Quetchou in Cotentin, with two
dwellings in England. And I have made
all these bequests with the consent of my
husband."*

This document affords a striking illus-
tration of the conversion of secular articles
to ecclesiastical uses.

There is a tradition that this same queen
despoiled the Abbey of Abingdon of its
richest vestments, refusing to be put off with
inferior ones.f

In the following century, there is a further
instance on record of English embroideries
having been sent out of the country. A
present of such to an English pope would
naturally be acceptable. It is therefore not
surprising that when Robert, Abbot of St.
Albans, was visiting Pope Adrian IV.

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