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Scribal Colophon, In Infantia Salvatoris

Scribal Colophon, In Infantia Salvatoris

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1500

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2399

Item number: f.61r

Length: 20.6

Width: 16.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

The people of medieval Cornwall loved mystery plays. This manuscript from Bodmin has a copy of a mystery play called 'The Childhood of the Saviour'. Written in verse, it has been marked up with red brackets indicating dialogue as an aid to performers when reading it aloud. Its subject is slightly unusual in that most of the Cornish mystery plays were on the Passion of Christ or Resurrection.

After the last three lines of the poem on the infancy of Christ, the scribe states in red his name, John Archer, and that he is a native of Bodmin and a canon of the priory of St. Petroc: 'Quod dominus Johannes architenens canonicus Bodminie et natus in illa. Deo gratias'. The heraldic shield bears a griffin and probably is of Bodmin.

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