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Calendar and Scribal Note, in the Regularis Concordia

Calendar and Scribal Note, in the Regularis Concordia

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1055

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius A III

Item number: f.179v

Length: 28.5

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This manuscript is known for its copy of the 'Monastic Agreement of the Monks and Nuns of the English Nation' ('Regularis Concordia') and a copy of the Rule of St Benedict. The 'Regularis Concordia', probably written by St Aethelwold (Bishop of Winchester, 963-984) , was part of the 10th-century reform of monasteries which took place under the guidance of Aethelwold, St Dunstan (archbishop of Canterbury, 959-988) and St Oswald (bishop of Worcester and archbishop of York, died 992). Based on the Rule of St Benedict (6th century), which set out the goals and daily activities for monasteries, the 'Monastic Agreement' was issued at a meeting of England's monastic leaders called in 970 by King Edgar. It confirms that the king was the protector of monks and the queen of nuns, linking monasteries to the crown. This manuscript, a later, illustrated copy which belonged to Christ Church, Canterbury, also includes prayers, homilies and material on the dramatic rituals of late Anglo-Saxon church services on major feast days.

This page--the last in the manuscript--has some of the material that was used for church services. Most of it is taken up by the end of an abbreviated calendar in Old English for the daily prayer services. The rubric (writing in red) near the end of the page identifies what follows as the prayer after mass or post-communion blessing. The scribe added a tiny note in the lower corner, asking for the prayers of the community.

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