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The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 18 to 23

The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 18 to 23

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1230

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2849, Part II

Item number: tituli 18 to 23

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Lucy de Vere was the founder and 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, announcing Lucy's death and asking them to pray for her soul (titulus). As it passed around East Anglia and back and forth across southern England, each of them added an inscription asking for reciprocal prayers.

This section (tituli 18-23) has communities from London. The church of St Bartholomew in London inscribed its titulus at the end of the section. The titulus of St Mary's, Stratford, is at the top.

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