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A Correction, In St. Gregory The Great's 'Forty Sermons On The Gospels'

A Correction, In St. Gregory The Great's 'Forty Sermons On The Gospels'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Additional MS 48984

Item number: f. 10v

Length: 36.2

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

St. Gregory (c.540-604), known as 'The Great', was pope from 590-604 and responsible for sending St. Augustine to convert England to Christianity in 597. His writings were of fundamental importance to the medieval Church; this manuscript contains a copy of his homilies (sermons) on the Gospels. It was originally owned by Caerleon (afterwards Llantarnam) Abbey, in Monmouthshire, but was given in 1248 to another Cistercian house, Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire, at the request of Richard, Earl of Cornwall (brother of Henry III) who had founded Hailes Abbey two years earlier, in 1246.

Medieval scribes sometimes lost their place and copied parts of text out of place. On this page, a rubricator (person who wrote with red) has marked through a section which was incorrect. He also added the word 'vacat' ('it is empty') at the beginning and end of the section, which was another conventional way of indicating a deletion.

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