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The Start Of The Text, In John Capgrave's 'The Life Of St. Katherine' And Other Works

The Start Of The Text, In John Capgrave's 'The Life Of St. Katherine' And Other Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1446

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 396

Item number: f.1r

Length: 23.9

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Capgrave (1393-1464) was a friar who was born and died in King's Lynne, in Norfolk. Most of his writings are in Latin, but he also wrote in English, including a life of Katherine, in verse. On the last page of the manuscript is an inscription stating that it was a gift to the Augustinian nunnery at Campsey from Dame Katherine Babyngton, a former sub-prioress. She had presumably owned the book because it concerned her namesake, and it was probably left to the convent at her death. The text opens with a prologue, marked with an enlarged, but modest, initial 'A'. The numbers in the upper margins relate to post-medieval collections, including that of Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk, whose former ownership is recorded in the ink stamp in the lower margin.

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