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April, In The calendar Of The Coldingham Breviary

April, In The calendar Of The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.127v

Length: 25.2

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. The bottom entry in red on this page (at 29 April) commemorates 'the dedication of the altar of St. Michael in Coldingham'. Such very specific entries are usually a reliable clue as to where a manuscript was to be used. Below the lowermost entry in blue are added commemorations of priors of Durham.

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