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Copies Of Letters Relating To Hailes, In A Collection Of Dictaminal Formularies

Copies Of Letters Relating To Hailes, In A Collection Of Dictaminal Formularies

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1310

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 E.xiv

Item number: f.11r

Length: 15.8

Width: 13

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the Middle Ages 'Dictamen' was the art of writing official letters, and a 'Formulary' was a series of sample texts. This manuscript contains several formularies relating to dictamen. Many of the texts in these collections relate to the Cistercian abbey of Hailes, in the modern county of Gloucestershire. In the first part of the manuscript most of the letters refer to Hailes. The third line of this page refers to 'R. de M., rector of the church of H.', while the last line on the page refers to 'the abbot of Hailles in the diocese of Worcester of the [Cistercian] order'.

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