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Easter Tables, in a Volume of Works of Nigel Wireker

Easter Tables, in a Volume of Works of Nigel Wireker

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vespasian D XIX

Item number: f.82r

Length: 19

Width: 12.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Nigel Wireker (aka Longchamps) was a monk at Christ Church, Canterbury, in the late 12th century, during and after the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. He is best known for his satire on monks 'The Mirror of Fools', but he also wrote religious poetry, preserved in this manuscript, a collection of works from Christ Church, Canterbury, copied between the late 12th and early 13th century. It includes other material such the 'Life of St Paul the Hermit' and chronicles or records of historical events. After the Reformation, the manuscripts in the volume belonged to the British bibliophile, Robert Cotton.

This page has Easter tables, with lunar dates, in three great cycles, which begin with the years AD 114, 646 and 1178. In the margin the periods of the reigns of emperors and popes are noted.

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