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Annals, Many Relating To Plympton, Covering The Years 1132 To 1142, Appended To Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People'

Annals, Many Relating To Plympton, Covering The Years 1132 To 1142, Appended To Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1140

Shelfmark: Additional MS 14250

Item number: f.150r

Length: 27.1

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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The Venerable' Bede (c.672-735) finished writing his 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People' in 731; it is an historical account of Christianity in England down to his own lifetime. It has been called 'the foundation of all our knowledge of British history and a masterpiece eulogised by the scholars of every age'. In this manuscript the text is followed by a series of annals which show that it was owned by Plympton Priory, in Devon. On the top line of the annals on this page is recorded the death of Radulphus, first prior of Plympton, in 1132. All the entries are by a single scribe as far as that for the year 1140, after which additions were made incrementally in other scripts. This strongly suggests that the manuscript was written some time after April 1140 (the last entry by the original scribe), and perhaps before February 1141 (the first added entry).

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