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Illuminated Initial and Border, in a Manual

Illuminated Initial and Border, in a Manual

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Additional MS 30506

Item number: f.32v

Length: 28.7-00-00 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.

This illuminated initial 'P' marks the start of a preface, set to music, within the section of the manuscript dealing with the performance of a wedding.

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