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The Start Of The Feast Of St. Cuthbert, In A Durham Missal

The Start Of The Feast Of St. Cuthbert, In A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.358r

Length: 26.5

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Missal is necessary for the celebration of the Mass: it is likely that each priest or altar would have had one. Flyleaf inscriptions record that this manuscript was acquired for Durham cathedral through Prior John Fossor (1341-1374), and that it was kept at the altar of Sts. John the Baptist and Margaret in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. The initial at the start of the feast of the Translation (i.e. moving relics into a new tomb) of St. Cuthbert is one of the most lavish in the volume - further evidence that the Missal was written and illuminated for Durham Cathedral, which houses Cuthbert's tomb.

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