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Foundation of Chertsey

Foundation of Chertsey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vitellius A XIII

Item number: f.20r

Length: 24

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Chertsey was founded in 666 by the Anglo-Saxon Eorcenwald, who became its first abbot and after a few years became bishop of London. A few years later it received the northwest corner of Surrey from Frithwold, the subking for the Mercian King Wulfhere, reflecting its importance in early Anglo-Saxon England. In the 10th century it became notable as the burial place of St Beocca and others killed by the vikings in their invasions the century before. This 15th-century charter states the boundaries of the monastery. At the bottom of the page, Robert Cotton, the manuscript's owner in the 16th century, signed his name.

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