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The Rota Of Pope Eugene III, In the Cartulary And Customs, Etc., Of Abingdon Abbey

The Rota Of Pope Eugene III, In the Cartulary And Customs, Etc., Of Abingdon Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius C IX

Item number: f.170v

Length: 30.5

Width: 21.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains several texts relating directly to Abingdon Abbey, for which it must have been made. These include a cartulary, a list of church officials, a customary (recording details of how various actions should be performed, such as the initial of a novice), a list of lands belonging to the abbey, and so on. The left-hand column on this page contains the end of a papal bull of Pope Eugene III (1145-1151), followed by his 'rota' (a circle, with his motto around the outside, and the names of Sts. Peter & Paul, and his own name, in the middle) and the monogram made up of the letters of a customary salutation: 'Bene valete'. This is followed by the list of witnesses, the date 1146, and the start of another charter of the same pope.

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