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Ownership Inscription, In A Collection of Theological Writings

Ownership Inscription, In A Collection of Theological Writings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2710

Item number: f.83v

Length: 26

Width: 18

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 first section of the manuscript contains a long poem summarising world history as told in the Bible, ending with 4 (2) Kings. This page describes the building of the Temple by Solomon from the Book of Kings. In the lower margin, a 15th-century inscription identifies the book as belonging to the nuns of Derby Priory.

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