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This essay analyzes the illustration sequences of the four magnificent Gospel books made for Judith of Flanders within the context of the political chaos in pre-Conquest England. These deluxe display books indicate one of the ways that literacy and literary patronage provided cultural legitimacy and social status for secular women in the late Anglo-Saxon period. The evangelist symbols in Judith's English books—some of them very unusual—demonstrate Judith's use of patronage as a culturaldoi:10.17613/m6mp8n fatcat:knoc7qqqfzcrvo7k7nvec6lrtq