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Documents of Bishop of Ely, In 'The Martyrdom And Miracles Of St. Edmund'

Documents of Bishop of Ely, In 'The Martyrdom And Miracles Of St. Edmund'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1233

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B II

Item number: f.86r

Length: 27.6

Width: 18.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St Edmund, king of East Anglia, was killed by pagan Danish invaders in 870. A Christian, he became revered as a royal martyr. In the 10th century, his remains were taken to Beodricsworth, which became Bury St Edmund's and promoted his status as a royal martyr saint. Bound with a 12th-century manuscript of Abbo of Fleury's account of his martyrdom and Hermann the Archdeacon's of his miracles, records of the bishop of Ely's property, or manors, gives information on tenants, income and other business. Details of property for many villages in Cambridgeshire are recorded here. This begins the documents for each manor for the years 1232 and 1233. At the bottom is signature of the 18th-century owner of the manuscript, Robert Cotton.

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