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Randulph of Boulton, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Randulph of Boulton, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1412

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33244

Item number: f.50r

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

Width: 23.1-00-00 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 produced at Furness Abbey itself, in a period when manuscripts were often produced in urban workshops. Furness was a Cistercian monastery and as such was remote because of the order's ideal of isolation. The provincial surroundings, however, did not deter the ambitious project. A charter granting land to the monastery from Randulph of Boulton begins with a historiated letter (a letter bearing a picture) with a portrait of the donor. Such generalised portraits, all created by a single artist, are repeated throughout the manuscript to decorate the beginnings of some texts. The coucher's documents are arranged by location and type of donor (king, ecclesiastic, lay). This section includes grants of the Boultons.

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