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References To Wilton, In An Anonymous Life Of St. Edith In Middle English Verse

References To Wilton, In An Anonymous Life Of St. Edith In Middle English Verse

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina B III

Item number: f.201r

Length: 24.6

Width: 17

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Edith (961-984) was the daughter of the King of England, St. Edgar (943-975); she was therefore brought up at the royal nunnery at Wilton (in Wiltshire, between Newbury and Devizes), where she was taught not only to read, but also writing and illumination, sewing and embroidery. She died a virgin aged only 23. She was venerated mainly at Wilton, which suggests that this manuscript comes from there. The text on this page begins in the middle of a verse about King Edgar. Edith's father: 'At Wilton in his own place / For Wilton was a good town . . .' (spelling modernised).

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