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Ownership Inscription, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Ownership Inscription, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2254

Item number: f.1*v

Length: 28.4

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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The main text in this manuscript is a Latin work often attributed to St. Bonaventura, here translated into English verse probably by Walter Hilton (d. 1396), a mystic writer and the head of a house of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire. On the font flyleaf is an inscription stating that the book belonged to Alice Braintwath, 'worshipful prioress' of the Dominican nunnery of Dartford, in Kent. Facing the first page of text is a flyleaf inscribed with a note in Latin of the contents, followed by: 'Thys boyk longeth to Da(me) Alys Braintwath / the worchypfull p(ri)oras of Dartford'; then (in Latin): 'Pray for the soul of Lady Elizabith Rede of this place', and 'Pray for the soul of Joanna Newmarche'. Elizabeth and Joanna were doubtless nuns of Dartford.

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