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Scheme of decoration

Or representing, as found in a contemporary manuscript illumination, parts of a repeated scheme of decoration.

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Gold stars

Representing the night sky, crescent moon and the scintillis, being the pricks of starlight: at Winchester Cathedral gold stars are set against a dark blue background, at Clarendon this background is composed of crushed lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.

battle representation


Being the Sun (Richard the Lionheart) and the Moon (Saladin) with whose combat Henry III wanted his Antioch chamber decorated.

1220 Salis cath


c 1220

New Sarum (Salisbury) was established and on 28 April, the foundation stones for the Cathedral were laid.

A Gothic landscape of palace and cathedral was evolving.


Edward the Black Prince’s illegitimate son, Roger of Clarendon born.


c 1580

Sir Philip Sidney, staying with Penruddock writes Arcadia nearby.

Describes Clarendon ‘that delicious park which is accounted the best in England’.


c 1588

Kennel Farm (re)built probably on site of royal kennels.


c 1604

King James's horse stumbles in a rabbit burrow and throws the king, while he is riding in the park. The king immediately orders the destruction of rabbit warrens.

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