The Douce Apocalypse

Picturing the End of the World in the Middle Ages

Nigel Morgan

The Douce Apocalypse

Nigel Morgan

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

112 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 7-1/2 x 10-1/2 | © 2006
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781851243600 Published May 2007 For sale in North America only
One of the finest of all medieval apocalypse manuscripts, the Douce Apocalypse was part of a series of illuminated texts that brought St. John’s apocalyptic visions to life. 

Now the manuscript—created sometime between 1250 and 1275—reaches an entirely new audience at the hands of noted scholar Nigel Morgan. The Douce Apocalypse explores the manuscript’s royal patronage, looks at its fascinating imagery, and examines its significance in light of contemporary prophecy. The commentary is accompanied by lush, full-color illustrations.

As Morgan relates, the Douce Apocalypse is especially enlightening because of its unfinished nature. A few of its images remain incomplete—and such absences give insight into the artist’s painstaking techniques of drawing, gilding, and painting. The second volume in the Treasures from the Bodleian Library series, The Douce Apocalypse will convey both the beauty of the original and the enduring fascination of its contents.
Patron and Date of Production
The Illustrated Apocalypse in Thirteenth-Century England
Style of the Artists
Techniques of Illumination
Brief Description of the Manuscript

The Apocalypse Pictures

List of Illustrations
Further Reading
Review Quotes
A. Cutler | CHOICE
"The volume is beautifully put together, a fine introduction to a Gothic masterpiece and the circumstances of its creation. Highly recommended."
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