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Illuminated Initial And A Reference To Coldingham, In The Coldingham Breviary

Illuminated Initial And A Reference To Coldingham, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.278v

Length: 26

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. The rubric at the top of the first column starts 'The Gospel reading [then a space] at Coldingham . . .'. The fact that he left a blank space suggests that the scribe was not sure what the correct Gospel reading was, for use at Coldingham, which suggests that he was working somewhere else, such as Durham. (The space in the second line of the rubric was filled in at a much later date.)

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