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Cloud Of Unknowing f.23v

Cloud Of Unknowing f.23v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2373

Item number: f.23v

Length: 22.7

Width: 15.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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The Cloud Of Unknowing is a manual on contemplative spirituality by an anonymous author, written about 1375. Here it is introduced by the initial 'I' halfway down the page: 'In the name of the holy trinity, here beginneth a book of contemplation, the which is cleped the Cloude of Unknowing . . .'. A later owner has glossed the Middle English word 'cleped' with its modern equivalent 'called', in the left margin.

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