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Rubric Mentioning Waltham Holy Cross, In A Volume Of Miscellaneous Treatises

Rubric Mentioning Waltham Holy Cross, In A Volume Of Miscellaneous Treatises

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3766

Item number: f.18v

Length: 27

Width: 17.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Abbey of Holy Cross, Waltham, was founded in the 11th century by Tovi, standard-bearer of King Cnut, who, according to legend, had a dream which led him to discover a miraculous flint cross on his land at Montacute, about 15 miles from Glastonbury. He intended to take the cross to Glastonbury, but the oxen pulling the cart refused, and took it to Waltham instead. King Harold prayed there in the 1050s, and was buried there after his death at the Battle of Hastings. The textual contents of this manuscript make it virtually certain that it belonged to Waltham in the Middle Ages. At the end of the first text in this volume is a rubric which starts: 'Here ends the book called the Black Book, which was found with the Great Cross of Holy Cross, Waltham'

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