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Ownership Inscription And Pressmark, In William Of Malmesbury's History Of The English Kings

Ownership Inscription And Pressmark, In William Of Malmesbury's History Of The English Kings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1212

Shelfmark: Harley MS 447

Item number: f.1r

Length: 33.7

Width: 23.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript consists of two parts: the first is a chronicle by William of Malmesbury (died 1143); and the second is a series of annals--with a particular emphasis on Bury St. Edmunds--as far as the year 1212, with subsequent additions. The manuscript was therefore almost certainly written at Bury in 1212. Above the left-hand column of text is the ownership inscription of the Benedictine abbey of Bury St. Edmunds ('Liber sancti Aedmundi regis & martyris'), and in the top right-hand corner is the abbey library press-mark: '.C. 49.' The letters in Bury press-marks refer to the name of the author, or to the subject-matter: the 'C' must refer to 'Chronicle'.

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