Three Miniatures, At The Head Of The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Lucy de Vere was the first prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of Hedingam in Essex. When she died, probably around 1225 her successor, Agnes, sent this roll -- now over 19 feet long and composed of several strips of parchment sewn end-to-end -- out to other religious houses, asking them to pray for her soul. As it passed around East Anglia and back and forth across southern England, each of them added an inscription asking for reciprocal prayers.
The top of the roll has three miniatures, depicting the Crucifixion and the Madonna and Child, the Soul of Lucy de Vere being carried to heaven by angels, and her funeral.