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Cistercian Monk and signature of John Stell, the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Cistercian Monk and signature of John Stell, the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1412

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33244

Item number: f.11v

Length: 38.3-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 24.2-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Made for Abbot William Dalton of Furness Abbey, Lancashire, the cartulary collects all the documents, such as deeds, papal bulls , charters, and grants, pertaining to the monastery. The result is called the 'Coucher' or 'Cowcher'. It probably was made at Furness Abbey itself, in a period when large manuscripts were often produced in urban workshops. Furness was a Cistercian monastery and was remote because of the order's ideal of isolation. The provincial surroundings, however, did not deter the ambitious project. This page presents one of the documents. In the lower margin is a drawing of a Cistercian monk holding a scroll bearing the punning signature of the scribe, John Stell. The verse makes a play on his name, which resembles the Latin word for 'star'.

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