The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 24 to 29
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
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. As it passed around East Anglia and back and forth across southern England, each of them added an inscription asking for reciprocal prayers.
The variety of handwriting styles reflect the customs, positions, and resources of each religious house which signed the roll. The impressive writing of this section (tituli 24-29) indicate the high status of houses in and around London. The first titulus is that of St Peter's, Westminster. The tall, formal writing in the middle is the type of writing used for charters.