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5; Florence, Laurenziana, i\ shburnham 415, all 13th century, see Brieger, Ellglisb Art, p. 218. Cf. also a 14th-century German Apocalypse: H. 0gl. Bibliotbtk til Il7eilllar, 19I2, pI. 29. Fran z Juraschek. Das Rfi'fsd ill D,f'ru Gollusrhall, 1955, figs. 5 . See above, n. 29. For the origin of the St. John cycle see James, Trillity Col/'g' Aporalyps" p. 14 if. The descending child in the Annunciation, common in the qth century, is rare in the 14th century. The earliest examples are all Italian, for example Pacino di Bonaguida, Tree of Life (Florence , Accademia.

The sixth angel is Bishop Laurence who was set up as anti-Pope by the cnstern faction in 498. The four angels of discord are the main parricipants in the struggle: the Ostrogothic King Theodoric, ruler ofltaly, Pope Symmachus, and the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I and his anti-Pope, Laurence. The angel is told: "Loose the four angels which are bound in the Euphrates" (Solve quatuor angelos qui alJigati sunt in Eufrate. 9· 14)· Inscription: viS angelus id est Laurencius cecinit et audivit J ohan nes vocem de altari quod est ante oculos Dei dicentem vi O angelo solve II Il or angelos qui alligati sunt in Eufrate id est in Romano imperio videlicet Theodoricum Anastasium imperatorem Laurencium et Symachum tamquam si diceret Laurencio permitce omnes re solvi in errorem priusquam tu papatum resignes et haec erat vox Pascasii .

Giles went to Rome, where the Pope gave him the privilege for his monastery and also two tablets carved with the images of apostles. Having commended them to God for safe keeping, he placed them in the Tiber and took them out of the water on the Rhone, not far from his monastery at S. Gilles. The legend of St. Giles is based largely on a Latin Life, probably written in the loth century, and popularized in a late 12th-century AngloNorman poem. 38 A more plausible h ypothesis, formulated some years ago, is that the monks of the Abbey of S.

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