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List Of Relics Of Saints, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

List Of Relics Of Saints, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3031

Item number: f.6v

Length: 28.5

Width: 20.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey was discovered by a bricklayer in 1792, in a cavity in a wall at a house in Shinfield, just outside Reading. It was probably hidden for safekeeping during the Reformation, when a secretly Catholic family lived there. In the first column is a rubric introducing a list of 'relics which are kept in the church of St. Mary, Reading'. The first group relate to Christ (pieces of the Holy Cross and various items he had touched), the next group to the Virgin Mary, the third to patriarchs and prophets, and so on.

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