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April, In The Calendar Of A Manual

April, In The Calendar Of A Manual

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Additional MS 30506

Item number: f.4v

Length: 27.3-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

A manual usually contains priests' texts for the conduct of the sacraments (baptism, confirmation, penance, marriage, extreme unction), the visitation of the sick, the burial service, and a variety of blessings. This manuscript emphasises Gloucester feast-days in its calendar, and has an inscription stating that it 'belongs to St. Aldate': it therefore must have been owned by the church of St. Aldate's in Gloucester.

The first main entry in red (at 10 April) is the translation of St. Kyneburga, the supposed first abbess of Gloucester, which took place in 1390. The feast-day is marked with a blue cross at the end of the line, a distinction only otherwise on this page accorded to St. George.

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