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Charters of Reading and Leominster f.48r

Charters of Reading and Leominster f.48r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1301

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Domitian III

Item number: f.48r

Length: 21

Width: 13.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Charters of foundation, land grants, and privileges had to be recorded and kept by medieval monasteries. These important documents would have been bound together in a book called a cartulary. This cartulary contains the documents pertaining to the abbey of Reading. It was founded by a charter of King Henry I in 1121, and a few years later, in 1123, the king granted it the manor of Leominster, which became a cell or subsidiary monastery of Reading. Reading and Leominster were part of a powerful and influential network of monasteries, centred at Cluny, the great monastery in France which answered only to the pope. This charter is Henry I's grant to Reading and Leominster.

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