|Exultet Roll, late 11th century Italian (British Library add ms 30337). All images by permission of the British Library.|
|This is just a small section of an exultet roll, which was until the late 19th century in the abbey of Montecassino. The roll is 22 feet long (c.7 meters), and is made up of 12 parchment membranes joined together. The illustration in this section shows Eve tempting Adam with the fruit, while the serpent wraps itself around her legs. The Latin text, which includes musical notation, is upside down with respect to the picture, as it was read by the deacon on one side of the lectern while the pictures were viewed by the congregation on the other side during the Easter services. The text is an Easter hymn acclaiming the resurrection of Christ. The script of the text is Beneventan in the style typical of Montecassino.|
|A complete set of images of this roll, along with 31 others, with descriptive notes and a generic text, is to be found in Cavallo, G. (ed) 1994 Exultet:rotoli liturgici del medioevo meridionale Rome. If you don't read Italian, you can still have a leisurely comparative examination of this unique group of manuscripts.|
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