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Charter of Henry IV, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Charter of Henry IV, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1412

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33244

Item number: f.70v

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. The documents are organised by location and by type of donor (royal, lay, ecclesiastic). This section is for Lancaster, and within it are royal charters. This one is of King Henry IV, whom the portrait in the historiated initial (letter bearing a picture) is probably meant to represent.

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