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Notes for sermons, in the William Herebert Collection

Notes for sermons, in the William Herebert Collection

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1325

Shelfmark: Additional MS 46919

Item number: f.169r

Length: 23.5

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A friar of the Franciscan community of Hereford, William Herebert lectured for the Franciscan schools at Oxford, becoming the 43rd Reader in Divinity to the Friars Minor. Sometime before his death in 1333, he assembled this book of miscellaneous texts in French, English and Latin. The items range from cookery and medicinal recipes (such as a remedy for a lame horse) to prayers for services, sermons and theological works. His book would have been a must-have for a travelling preacher, which was the job description of a friar. This page comes from a section of notes for sermons, copied by Herebert in his clear, well-formed handwriting. His script, of a type called 'Anglicana', is typical of 14th-century English books. The heading at the top identifies it as one of Herebert's sermons given at the church the Blessed Virgin Mary, Oxford, on the feast of the translation (or reburial of relics in a special tomb) of St Edmund of Canterbury, which fell on a Sunday (9 June 1314). Herebert preached on the gospel reading of the parable of the rich man (Luke 16:19)

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