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Copy Of A Charter Of King Edgar, In The Wilton Cartulary f.24v

Copy Of A Charter Of King Edgar, In The Wilton Cartulary f.24v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Harley MS 436

Item number: f.24v

Length: 27.4

Width: 18.3

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. On this page guide-letters for the artist are clearly visible at the left-hand edge of the page, but the decorated initials have not been filled in. At the top is the end of a list of witnesses ([W]ulric, [A]elfsige, ...], followed by the start of a charter relating to South Newton, near Salisbury.

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