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John Whethamstede, In Thomas Walsingham, Catalogue Of the Benefactors Of St. Albans Abbey

John Whethamstede, In Thomas Walsingham, Catalogue Of the Benefactors Of St. Albans Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1470

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D VII

Item number: f.37r

Length: 36

Width: 22.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript was originally compiled in 1380 by Thomas Walsingham, the precentor of the Benedictine abbey of St. Albans, as a record of those who had made gifts to the abbey, but gaps were left for later additions, which were supplied by others over a period of about a hundred years. This is one of the later pages. John Whethamstede was abbot from 1420 to 1440, and again from 1452 until his death in 1465. The symbols of his namesakes, the eagle of St. John the Evangelist, and the Angus Dei of St. John the Baptist, form part of the decoration of a number of books made for him.

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