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Copy Of A Charter Of King Edgar, In The Wilton Cartulary f.11r

Copy Of A Charter Of King Edgar, In The Wilton Cartulary f.11r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Harley MS 436

Item number: f.11r

Length: 27.5

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A cartulary is a collection of loose charters (documents) copied in book form, both to make them easier to consult, and as a 'backup' in the case the originals get lost or damaged. Usually they contains records of properties and rights (rather than minor transactions), and are commonly arranged chronologically if they refer to rights, or geographically if they refer to property. This manuscript contains copies of about 36 royal and other charters granted to the Benedictine nunnery of Wilton, in Wiltshire. The rubric in the middle of the page introduces a charter granted by King Edgar ('eadgar'; d. 827) of 20 hides of land at Stanton ('stantune') in Gloucestershire, a little to the north-east of Cheltenham.

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