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An Account Of The Foundation Of Peterborough Abbey, In The Chronicle And Cartulary Of Peterborough Abbey

An Account Of The Foundation Of Peterborough Abbey, In The Chronicle And Cartulary Of Peterborough Abbey

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1325

Shelfmark: Additional MS 39758

Item number: f.20r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Walter de Whittlesey--who presumably came from Whittlesey, just a few miles east of Peterborough--was a monk, scribe, and probably also an illuminator, of Peterborough Abbey. He compiled and wrote out most of this manuscript. Walter is depicted kneeling before the Virgin and Child in the lower half of the historiated initial 'S' at the top of this page. Around the curve of the 'S' itself is an inscription in gold letters naming him as a monk of Peterborough. The text explains how a church was dedicated to St. Peter at Medshamstead in 655. In the 9th century it was destroyed by Danish invaders, so when it was rebuilt it was fortified and renamed Burgh St. Peter, or Peterborough.

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