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Illuminated Border And Initial, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Illuminated Border And Initial, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2254

Item number: f.1r

Length: 28.4

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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The main text in this manuscript is a Latin work often attributed to St. Bonaventura, here translated into English verse probably by Walter Hilton (d. 1396), a mystic writer and the head of a house of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire. On the font flyleaf is an inscription stating that the book belonged to Alice Braintwath, 'worshipful prioress' of the Dominican nunnery of Dartford, in Kent: she was prioress 1461-7 and again 1475-9. The text begins with a rubric in Latin, followed by a list of the chapters in English, with an illuminated border and initial 'H': 'How a man shal have Cristeis passion in mynde . . .'. The lower margin has a quartered heraldic shield, whose quartered arms have been identified as those of Shirley and Brewes.

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