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A Biblical History, In A Collection of Theological Writings

A Biblical History, In A Collection of Theological Writings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2710

Item number: f.2r

Length: 26.2

Width: 18.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

By the 13th century, vernacular languages (languages of contemporary use) could be used for nearly all types of literature, including some types of theological writings, although they still were usually in Latin. This manuscript contains a collection of various kinds of theological writings in Anglo-Norman (French as spoken by the Norman aristocracy of England). It belonged to the nuns of the Benedictine Priory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at King's Mead in Derby. It would have been read for contemplation and devotional study.

The manuscript begins with an incomplete paraphrase of Biblical history, which is written in verse. in verse. It opens with an image of the Creator "without end, without beginning." In the margin by the second column, the poem has been corrected. An arm with pointing hand indicates where the verses written on its voluminous sleeve should be inserted.

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