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February, in a Martyrology

February, in a Martyrology

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1430

Shelfmark: Additional MS 22285

Item number: f.5v

Length: 27

Width: 17.4-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This martyrology or book of saints belonged to the English nuns of St Brigitta (or Brigittines) whose house, Syon, was originally located near Twickenham. After Henry VIII dissolved Syon in 1539, the Brigittines relocated in the Netherlands but then returned with the accession of Queen Mary (1557) only to be exiled again after her death. After wandering in France and Spain, they settled in Lisbon, taking this book with them. The manuscript contains a listing of saints arranged by the calendar of their feasts, notes relating to the monastery, lists of abbesses, confessors, and benefactors, and an obituary list of members down to 1639. A page near the beginning of the calendar for February shows the feast day of St Agatha and other saints' days. A later hand has written the obit for Onifred of Gloucester a bit farther down. In the lower margin, the inscription notes the foundation of the monastery of Syon at Isleworth by the Regent, John Duke of Bedford, on Saint Agatha's day, 5 February 1426.,

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