1media/77_Sever_1_thumb.jpg2020-10-21T18:48:24-07:00Victoria Swindle262ed88f021ffe4ea6ac03ca8c1694814e5a41f1380981Facsimile of the Saint-Sever Beatusplain2020-10-21T18:48:24-07:00ParisMs. Lat. 887845bis-45terShirin FoziUniversity Library System, University of PittsburghEdilán, Madrid (Spain)1984Bibliothèque nationale de FranceSaint-Sever Beatusc. 1050-1070Victoria Swindle262ed88f021ffe4ea6ac03ca8c1694814e5a41f1
Paris, Bibliothèque national de France, Ms Lat. 8878
While the overwhelming majority of medieval Beatus manuscripts were produced in Spain, the Saint-Sever Beatus is the only surviving example known to have been produced across the Pyrenees in France. Like the other books of this type, its images depict scenes from the Book of Revelations and include an impressive world map spread across two full folios. Placing the Saint-Sever and Osma facsimiles side by side allows a thoughtful comparison of the similarities and the differences between the two books, which clearly derive from a shared set of models but also contain numerous regional differences, reflecting the transmission of these manuscripts through political, institutional, and personal networks.