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List Of Books At Reading, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

List Of Books At Reading, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3031

Item number: f.8v

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. 'These are the books which are kept in Reading church', states the rubric at the top of this list. Library catalogues such as this are a valuable source of information about what books belonged to religious houses in the Middle Ages, and they often provide interesting information about who gave the books, where they were stored, and so on.

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