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Ownership Inscription Of Rochester Cathedral, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church

Ownership Inscription Of Rochester Cathedral, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3680

Item number: f.1r

Length: 28.5

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (died 735), a monk of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Northumberland, is best known today as a writer and historian: perhaps his most important work is the History of the English Church, which extends from the arrival of Christianity in Britain, to his own day. This copy was probably made at, and certainly owned by, Rochester Cathedral. This formal ownership inscription reads: [A] book of the church of St. Andrew, Rochester ('Liber sancti Andree Roffensis ecclesie'). The inscription above ('5 die Novembris A.D. 1723') was written by Humfrey Wanley, librarian of Robert and Edward Harley, 1st and 2nd earls of Oxford, whose collection of manuscripts still bears their name within the British Library.

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