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Acquisition Inscription, In A Volume On Dictamen And Other Miscellaneous Material

Acquisition Inscription, In A Volume On Dictamen And Other Miscellaneous Material

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 B.ix

Item number: f.1r

Length: 29.5

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

An important feature of a general medieval university education was the 'Dictamen', or Art of composition, which included rules for drawing up official letters, briefs and other legal documents. Treatises on the subject often include copies of real documents which serve as models; the can be extremely important for the historian, because they can preserve texts which do not survive in any other form. This thick volume, containing a variety of material, was owned by a monk of Canterbury cathedral in 1452. The heading at the top of the first page states that this book was bought by master Henry Cranebroke, monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, in 1452. Two lines lower down is the name of a subsequent owner: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556).

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