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Benedictional, Coronation Order, etc. f.30r

Benedictional, Coronation Order, etc. f.30r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1135

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius A III

Item number: f.30r

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. A picture portraying an author, who wears a cap that may indicate he is a pope or archbishop (St Gregory the Great--?), came from a manuscript that was probably made in the Rhineland in the 12th century. It is on a single leaf which probably was not associated with the materials for bishops until Cotton rebound them. The style of the painting, with its broad areas of colour, belong to 12th-century painting in Germany. Notes on its back show that it was in England in the middle ages. It demonstrates the interchanges of books and art between medieval English and Continental churchmen.

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