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Colophon, In An Account Of The Appearance of St. Michael At Mont-St-Michel

Colophon, In An Account Of The Appearance of St. Michael At Mont-St-Michel

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1489

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius A VII

Item number: f.124v

Length: 18

Width: 14.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Mont-St-Michel, the famous mount off the coast of Normandy, is named after the St. Michael because he was said to have miraculously appeared there in 708, an event which was subsequently celebrated in the Christian calendar on 29 September. The great physical similarity between Mont-St-Michel and St. Michael's Mount, and another apparition of St. Michael there, led to the Cornish site being 'twinned' with the Norman one. This manuscript, recounting the Norman apparition, was produced as a gift to the Cornish site. Facing the start of the text is this unusual colophon, stating that this Master John Taylor, chancellor of Exeter Cathedral (who died in 1492) had this quire written, and gave it to St. Michael's Mount (Cornwall), in July 1489. Below the inscription are the arms of the archpresbytery of St. Michael's Mount.

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