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The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 81 to 87

The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 81 to 87

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1230

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2849, Part II

Item number: tituli 81 to 87

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. As it passed around East Anglia and back and forth across southern England, each of them added an inscription asking for reciprocal prayers (titulus).

The tituli on this section are mostly in impressive formal styles of handwriting, reflecting the wealth and importance of the religious houses, mostly in Winchester. They include Saint Mary and Saint Ethelberga; Saint Peter, Saint Paul and St Swithun, in Winchester, and the abbey church of St Mary in Sherborne.

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