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Illuminated Initial And Border At The Mass For Trinity Sunday, In The Colwich Missal

Illuminated Initial And Border At The Mass For Trinity Sunday, In The Colwich Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1395

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4919

Item number: f.193r

Length: 28

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

By the 14th century most churches in England followed the so-called 'Use of Sarum', the liturgy established in the 13th century for use at Salisbury. Thus the textual contents of English liturgical manuscripts are generally uniform, and one has to look for small variations in order to identify where a book was used or made. The calendar of this Missal includes (along with the usual Use of Sarum entries) the dedication of the church of Colwich, between Stafford and Rugeley in Staffordshire; it must surely therefore have been used there. The Mass for Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost, which itself occurs on the 50th day after Easter) is marked by an initial 'B', and borders framing each column of text. The ornament includes flower that look like unopened daisy-buds, typical of late 14th century English illumination.

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