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Durham Ownership Inscription, In A Durham Missal

Durham Ownership Inscription, In A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.1v

Length: 26.5

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Missal is necessary for the celebration of the Mass: it is likely that each priest or altar would have had one. Flyleaf inscriptions record that this manuscript was acquired for Durham cathedral through Prior John Fossor (1341-1374), and that it was kept at the altar of Sts. John the Baptist and Margaret in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. The large inscription states that the book belongs to St. Cuthbert (i.e. Durham Cathedral), and below this is a list of items--beginning with this very missal, and including liturgical vessels and vestments--which belong in the Chapel.

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