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Inscription Relating To A Former Binding, In 'The Thorney Gospels'

Inscription Relating To A Former Binding, In 'The Thorney Gospels'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1000

Shelfmark: Additional MS 40000

Item number: f.4r

Length: 31

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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This Gospel Book was written on the Continent in the 10th century, but reached England fairly soon thereafter, as shown by textual additions ranging in date from the 10th to the 15th century, which relate to Thorney Abbey, in the Fenlands between Peterborough and Wisbech. Some prefatory leaves left blank on the Continent were later used in England to write the names of hundreds of names of people, mostly connected with Thorney, starting with King Cnut, his wife, and their sons. Perhaps the earliest of these inscriptions is at the top of this page, written in Old English, which seems to refer to a former golden binding, and can be translated as 'Aelfric and Wulfwine, goldsmiths of Eadgifu, gave for confraternity two oras of weighed gold which is wired on the outside (i.e. on the binding) of this same book'.

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