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The Litany Of Saints, In The Coldingham Breviary

The Litany Of Saints, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.175v

Length: 25.6

Width: 17.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. Among the indications of a Durham-Coldingham origin are: St. Cuthbert with an indication that his name is to be invoked twice ('S(an)c(t)e Cuthberte .ii.'; column 1, line 11), and St Boisil, monk, prior, and abbot of Melrose on Tweed, and spiritual master of Cuthbert (column 2, line 14). The short lines of text allow lots of space for decorative line-fillers, transforming the overall appearance of the page.

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