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Ownership Inscription Of York Abbey, In Ovid, Letters From Pontus

Ownership Inscription Of York Abbey, In Ovid, Letters From Pontus

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Burney MS 220

Item number: f.46v

Length: 19.9

Width: 9.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD) was one of the most popular poets of Classical Rome. In 8 AD he was suddenly banished to Pontus, on the Black Sea coast, in what is now Romania, from where he wrote a series of Letters. Although written probably in France, this manuscript had found its way to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Mary, York, by the end of the Middle Ages. After the end of the text is an ownership inscription in florid script, in Latin, which reads 'This book belongs to William [a name has been erased and replaced by 'Coverdale'], monk of the monastery of the Blessed Mary next to the walls of the city of York'. Coverdale also owned another medieval manuscript now in the British Library: MS. Additional 24361.

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