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Robert de Stalmayne, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Robert de Stalmayne, in the Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1412

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33244

Item number: f.90r

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

Width: 23.15

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. The donations of the Stalmyne family are documented on this page. The historiated initial (first letter bearing a picture) with a layman in chaperone probably is meant to represent Robert de Stalmyne. The depiction of a lay person is significant in this period because it shows the increasing interest in non-royal and non-ecclesiastic persons.

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