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Alicia de Stanelay, in The Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Alicia de Stanelay, in The Cartulary of Furness Abbey, Pt. II

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1412

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33244

Item number: f.120r

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

Width: 23.55

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 gives the donation of Alicia de Stanelay to the monastery. She states that she donates to Furness Abbey for the benefit of her soul after her death. The historiated initial (first letter bearing a picture) probably is meant to portray her.

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