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Table Of Contents, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

Table Of Contents, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3031

Item number: f.3r

Length: 28.5

Width: 20.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey was discovered by a bricklayer in 1792, in a cavity in a wall at a house in Shinfield, just outside Reading. It was probably hidden for safekeeping during the Reformation, when a secretly Catholic family lived there. The first leaf of the manuscript contains a list of contents, which allows someone to find particular documents quickly and easily: the heading states: Here begins a summary of the charters which are in Reading church. The first entry is 'a charter of King Henry, our founder, concerning the foundation and liberties of Reading church'.

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