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Table Of Years According To Different Reckonings, In A Collection Of Treatises On The Computus By Bede And Others

Table Of Years According To Different Reckonings, In A Collection Of Treatises On The Computus By Bede And Others

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1244

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3088

Item number: f.114v

Length: 31.5

Width: 23.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Computus' (the Latin for computation) is the calculation of the date of Easter (which varies from year to year), which was complicated partly by the fact that the date was originally dependant on the Jewish rather than the Christian calendar. A number of treatises were written on the subject, notably by 'the Venerable' Bede. Tables were also drawn up, in which one could look up the date of Easter for any given year. At the end of this manuscript are a series of annals, probably originally written in about 1244, starting with Christ and ending in the year 1243, with additions extending to 1362, many of which relate to Abbey Dore in Herefordshire, where it was doubtless written. Different countries and religions have always numbered their years according to different systems; this page is the left-hand half of a table that lays out six differing systems side by side.

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