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History of Ely, in a Volume of Writings on Ely

History of Ely, in a Volume of Writings on Ely

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vespasian A XIX

Item number: ff. 29v-30r

Length: 18.8

Width: 23.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Volumes of medieval manuscripts often contain not one work but several, which may or may not be related. This one has some extremely important documents and histories from Ely Abbey--for which it is most well-known--interspersed with satires of the wandering singing students called the Goliards, three much later paintings of the Passion of Christ and a 'Life of William, Duke of Normandy'.

This large single page or folio has been bound folded into the volume behind the early 12th-century account of the refoundation of Ely abbey under Aethelwold, bishop of Winchester, in 970. It begins the third section of the continuation of the 'History of Ely', which takes up the account after the time of the two bishops, Hervey (or Harvey, 1109-31)--who probably had the early 12th-century account compiled--and Nigel, who became bishop in 1133 and served as Lord Treasurer. It continues until the early 14th century episcopacy of Robert Oxford (1302-c.1310).

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