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Franciscan Ownership Inscription, In A Bible

Franciscan Ownership Inscription, In A Bible

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2818

Item number: f.300v

Length: 15.1

Width: 10.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This is a 'pocket Bible', typical of the 13th century. They were produced in huge numbers especially in Paris, but also in England, and in Italy, where this one was illuminated. In the 12th century Bibles were typically written as sets of large volumes, but in the early 13th century the text and the order of the books was standardised, and a very small-scale format was established. It has been persuasively argued that one of the reasons for this development was the existence of the mendicant orders, which needed small, portable books. This manuscript has ownership inscriptions of the Franciscan convent at Walsingham, between Fakenham and Wells-next-the-Sea, in Norfolk. At the end of the Old Testament is a gap, followed by a further two blank pages, before the start of the New Testament. In the gap is an inscription stating that the book belongs to the (Greyfriars) priory of Walsingham.

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