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Decorated Canon Table, In 'The Goda Gospels'

Decorated Canon Table, In 'The Goda Gospels'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1050

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 D.iii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 31.4

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This copy of the Four Gospels belonged to and was probably written for Goda (c.1009-1055), sister of King Edward the Confessor, as is shown by an added ownership inscription of Rochester Cathedral, which states that it had been hers. It was written by two scribes and the decoration was never completed, which may suggest that it was produced in haste. As the brick-red rubric at the top of the page states, this is the first Canon Table, which provides a concordance of passages which occur in all four Gospels. The rudimentary decoration includes human faces at the bases of each column, and animal heads at each end of the main arch.

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