The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 39 to 45
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.
In this section (tituli 39-45), religious communities of Norfolk appear, including, St Mary of Rudham; St Mary, Walsingham; and St Mary, Wardon. The different handwritings reflect the customs, positions and resources of the various communities.