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Ownership Inscription And List Of Contents, In A Volume Of Works By St. John Chrysostom And St. Anselm

Ownership Inscription And List Of Contents, In A Volume Of Works By St. John Chrysostom And St. Anselm

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Additional MS 17511

Item number: f.1v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The remains of the Cistercian Abbey of Holme Cultram now form part of the parish church of Abbeytown, between Silloth and Wigton, in Cumberland. Such abbeys each tried to build up a library of the works by recognised Church authorities, such as St. John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople (died 409), and St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury (died 1109). It was common in the Middle Ages for short texts to be bound together with other works, not necessarily by the same author: it was therefore very helpful to have a list of the contents inscribed on a flyleaf, as here. At the top of this flyleaf is an ownership inscription, followed by 'H. continent. In hoc volumine' (These (works) are contained in this volume') followed by a list of the contents.

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