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March, In The Calendar Of A Durham Missal

March, In The Calendar Of A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.3r

Length: 26.5

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Missal is necessary for the celebration of the Mass: it is likely that each priest or altar would have had one. Flyleaf inscriptions record that this manuscript was acquired for Durham cathedral through Prior John Fossor (1341-1374), and that it was kept at the altar of Sts. John the Baptist and Margaret in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. A little more than half-way down this page (20 March) is the entry for the Deposition (i.e. burial) of St. Cuthbert. Such a feast would only be commemorated with such emphasis in a place like Durham Cathedral, in which Cuthbert's body lies.

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