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Annals With A Record Of The Peterborough Fire Of 1116, In A Volume Of Computistical Materials

Annals With A Record Of The Peterborough Fire Of 1116, In A Volume Of Computistical Materials

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3667

Item number: f.1v

Length: 312

Width: 190

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

On the first pages of a fragment of a scientific textbook, brief annals, or year-by-year notes of important events, were written at Peterborough up to 1122 (the death of Radulfus, archbishop of Canterbury), followed by a gap up to 1135, when a single entry on the death of King Henry I was written. The annals confirm that this collection of treatises on natural science belonged to Peterborough, and the handwriting style in the book shows that it was probably made there. At the very top of the page is a record of a fire which consumed 'our monastery, and a great part of the adjacent town'. This is linked to the year 1116 in the table below by means of a red symbol like a circle with a horizontal line through it. This refers to a huge fire which raged for nine days in 1116, destroying most of the cathedral and town of Peterborough. Following entries concern King Henry.

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