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Benedictional, Coronation Order, etc. f.17r

Benedictional, Coronation Order, etc. f.17r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1025

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius A III

Item number: f.17r

Length: 23.8

Width: 14.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains a compilation of fragments of books for royal coronations, ordinations of priests and monks, and other ceremonies which must be conducted by an archbishop or a bishop. Most of the material in it comes from the late Anglo-Saxon period, some of it is later, mostly of the 12th century, and parts are from the Continent. Robert Cotton, who owned it in the 17th century, bound the fragmentary books together in to one, within a cover bearing his coat of arms. Two fragments of an 11th-century pontifical (instructions for sacraments to be performed by a bishop) from Christ Church, Canterbury, are bound into the book. This page presents directions and prayers for the consecration of a queen by an archbishop. At this point, the queen is anointed, signifying choice by divine grace. The script (style of handwriting) in which it is written is that of Christ Church but not in a grand manner, suggesting that it was made for a bishop rather than the archbishop.

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