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The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 115-121

The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 115-121

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1230

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2849, Part II

Item number: tituli 115-121

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.

The titulus of St Andrew and St Giles, Barnwell, appears in the middle of the section, in an impressive style of handwriting used for charters.

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