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The Start Of The Common Of Saints, In A Durham Missal

The Start Of The Common Of Saints, In A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.382v

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 Common Of Saints is introduced by an illuminated initial 'E'; smaller initials are in red and blue, with leaf-forms touched with green.

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