Offa founding St Albans, 8th century

Offa founding St Albans, 8th century

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Caption: Offa founding St Albans. 14th-century artwork of King Offa of Mercia (left, reigned 757-796) directing building work at St Albans where he founded the Abbey. Offa is instructing the master mason, who is holding a square and dividers. At right, stonemasons are at work. The text is in Latin. Artwork from the 14th-century work 'Lives of the Offas' by Matthew Paris, which tells the story of the foundation of St Albans Abbey.

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