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Pensions and Old English Letters, In An Evesham Cartulary

Pensions and Old English Letters, In An Evesham Cartulary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1405

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3763

Item number: f.81v

Length: 25.7

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

St Ecgwine, bishop of Worcester, founded Evesham in 700, in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. This cartulary, or book of charters, is one of two which survive from Evesham, along with a 'Book of the Acts of the Abbots', which Thomas of Marlborough put together in the 1220s. Charters can represent important documentary sources for study of medieval history and society, but sometimes they were 'tweaked' in the middle ages for purposes beyond documentation. For example, they could be used to create a house history, an assemblage which usually veers into a literary category. The Evesham Cartularies seem to belong with that group, as their contents show little consistency with each other.

Added to the charters and records of events, a section of miscellaneous documents, memoranda, and records of pensions or tenancies provides documentation of the villages around Evesham. On this page, Sanburne and Salford are listed. At the bottom of the page, someone has added a line of Old English 'letters' which includes the abbreviation for 'et' or 'and', which resembles the number 7.

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