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Ownership Inscription, In A Miscellany Of Texts In French

Ownership Inscription, In A Miscellany Of Texts In French

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Harley MS. 273

Item number: f.1*r

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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A calendar which precedes the other texts includes the dedication of the church of St. Lawrence, Ludlow (the largest parish church in Shropshire); the manuscript was undoubtedly made for use in the parish. It contains a variety of texts, all in French but not all religious--one concerns how a lord or lady show manage their estates, another gives rules for ensuring love and friendship-- which suggests that the book may was owned by a wealthy layperson, rather than a cleric.

Written down the right-hand side of this flyleaf is the ownership inscription of John Clerk, grocer and apocetharius of King Edward IV. The apocetharius of the royal household was the official responsible for preserved fruits and condiments.

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