The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 75 to 80
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 (titulus).
Tituli 75-80 shown here include communities from Sussex and Kent, including St Mary, Robertsbridge; St Martin's, Battle; and Saint Peter and Saint Grimbald in Hythe. The different styles of handwriting reflect the different customs, positions and resources of the houses.