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Decorative Run-Over Sign, In The Life of St. Modwenna

Decorative Run-Over Sign, In The Life of St. Modwenna

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra A II

Item number: f.40r

Length: 17.6

Width: 12.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

St. Modwenna was supposed to have been a 9th-century virgin who founded and became abbess of a nunnery at Trensall in Staffordshire, and later lived as a hermit at Andressey, near Burton-on-Trent, where her relics were kept after her death. Many miracles were said to have occurred at her shrine at Burton. The 12th-century copy of the saint's life contained in this manuscript is most likely to have been wanted at Burton itself, and an early 16th-century inscription on a flyleaf records that this manuscript was at the monastery there.

The text on this page is a list of the chapters of the following section of the text. Rather than split the last line partly onto the other side of the leaf, the scribe write the final three words below the ruled text area. Such 'run-overs' are often marked with a flourish of some sort, and in this case the artist has drawn a red dragon.

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