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Illuminated Initial And Border, In A Manual f.35r

Illuminated Initial And Border, In A Manual f.35r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Additional MS 30506

Item number: f.35r

Length: 29

Width: 20

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 'T' marks the start of the Canon of the Mass. In the twelfth line a mention of the pope has been erased, in accordance with a mid 16th-century decree of Henry VIII.

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