The British Museum is continually digitising their manuscripts and it is hard to keep up!
I am on their email list and there's always something.
Here's an Apocalypse fragment released recently.
It appears to be a traditional manuscript overall, with mostly red/blue geometric patterned backgrounds, primary colors and simple framing.
According to the library source, this is an Apocalypse fragment with a commentary in French prose from England, early 14th century.
"A fierce red dragon with seven heads attacks the woman, but she looks back at him defiantly while passing her child up to God in heaven. Below, a host of angels come to her aid with spears, fighting off the beast and his army of club-wielding creatures, which represent vice. They are soon dispatched into a waiting hell-mouth, into which they dive headlong with evil grins. The woman grows wings and escapes from the beast; here she represents the Church, as the French commentary explains, escaping from the evil on earth.
On either side of the final folio of the British Library fragment is the episode of the angels and the seven vials (Revelation 16). First, the angels, clothed in pure white gowns with golden girdles, receive their vials at the temple door. Although the text states that the vials, containing the wrath of God, are given to the angels by one of the four beasts of the Apocalypse, the image shows an angel giving out the last vial.
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