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Genealogy And Beginning Of The Life, In 'The Life Of St. Milburga'

Genealogy And Beginning Of The Life, In 'The Life Of St. Milburga'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 34633

Item number: f.209r

Length: 29.3

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The fullest surviving account of the life of St Milburga, this manuscript may have belonged to the Cistercian abbey of Croxden (Staffordshire), which is a fairly short distance northeast of the Cluniac priory at Wenlock, where she had founded a monastery in the late 6th or early 7th century and which was refounded in the 11th-century. The last page of the manuscript has an inscription which reads, "This book is from the valle Sancte Marie." The inscription suggests that Croxden was its home, but Bethgelert, County Carnarvon, has also been suggested. This page contains the end of the genealogy of St. Milburga, and the start of the account of her life. Milburga was of the royal family of the Mercian kingdom, along with her two sisters, who also founded monasteries. The genealogy underscores her status and high-level connections, and possibly also promotes her as a saint by moulding her identity after that of Christ, whom all saints are meant to resemble in their lives.

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