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|Description ||Bewcastle Cross, Cumbria
Image shows the detail from the north and east sides of the 15m cross. These sides are very well preserved.
The north side is divided into five compartments. In the highest and lowest are vines running in graceful curves and bearing foliage and fruit. "In the second and fourth divisions are two curiously-devised and intricately-twisted knots." The third division is filled with the chequer work. Between the compartments are lines of Runes which are now so indistinct that various readings have been offered. Mr. Maughan conceived them to be the following proper names, commencing with the lowest rune. - KYNNBURTHUG or Cyneburgo, the name of Alefrid's queen; KYNESWITHA, the sister of Cyneburgo; MYRCNA KYNG, i.e., king of the Mercians; and the uppermost rune WULFHERE, who was a son of Penda, brother of Cynburga, and king of Mercia.|
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