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May, In The calendar Of The Coldingham Breviary

May, In The calendar Of The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.128r

Length: 25.7

Width: 16.7

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 lower-most entry in red on this page (at 21 May) records the dedication of the altar of St. Mar' (Margaret or Mark?). Immediately below the two consecutive entries in red above, is a late medieval addition, recording the death of Thomas Hatfield, 'founder of our college in Oxford'; and seven lines lower down St. Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, has also been added. Below the lowermost entry in blue are added commemorations of priors of Durham.

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