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Decorated Initial, In The Cartulary Of Arbroath Abbey

Decorated Initial, In The Cartulary Of Arbroath Abbey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1510

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33245

Item number: f.59r

Length: 27.5-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A cartulary (or chartulary) is a volume into which a collection of documents (charters) have been copied for safe-keeping and ease of reference. The documents usually relate to an institution's rights and properties -- things that they might need documentary proof of in future. This volume is the cartulary of Arbroath Abbey, in Angus, Scotland, where in 1320 the Declaration of Arbroath was signed to confirm Scotland's independence from England. This decorated initial, one of the most elaborate in the volume, introduces a copy of a document of King James of Scotland, dated at the monastery of Arbroath, 11 December, 1495.

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