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Colophon, In William of Nottingham's Commentary On The Harmony Of The Gospels

Colophon, In William of Nottingham's Commentary On The Harmony Of The Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1381

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 E.ii

Item number: f.471r

Length: 42.3

Width: 30.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the 12th century Clement of Lanthony wrote a 'Harmony of the Gospels': a compilation of the four different gospel narratives into one. In the early 14th century, William of Nottingham, a Franciscan, wrote a lengthy commentary on Clement's work (this copy is now bound in two huge volumes). A colophon at the end of this manuscript records that it was written in 1381 for John Leyre, rector of the church of Great Doddington, Northamptonshire; he later moved to Olney, Buckinghamshire; and the manuscript was later given to the Benedictine abbey at Evesham. This is the page with the end of the text, the colophon naming John Leyre (lower left), and a scribal note in verse ending with the date (upper right).

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