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Donor Inscription, In Robert Holcot's 'Commentary On The Book Of Wisdom'

Donor Inscription, In Robert Holcot's 'Commentary On The Book Of Wisdom'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 C.vi

Item number: f.i verso

Length: 38.9

Width: 26.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Robert Holcot was born in Holcot, near Northampton. He became a Dominican, and studied at Oxford, where he became Dominican regent master, before returning to the Dominican priory of Northampton, where he died of the plague in 1349. His most famous writings, as preserved in the present manuscript, derive from lectures on the biblical book of Wisdom, which he probably delivered at Cambridge. This manuscript was commissioned by a monk of Reading for his abbey. Facing the start of the text, this flyleaf has a large formal inscription stating that Brother Thomas Besforde, monk of Reading, gave this book to the brothers for study in the cloister, followed by: an anathema, a record of the value of the book (60 shillings), and a request that his soul should be prayed for.

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