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The Foundation Charter, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

The Foundation Charter, In The Cartulary Of Reading Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3031

Item number: f.13r

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 document recorded in the volume is the foundation charter by which King Henry granted rights to the abbey in 1125.

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