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Kitchen Accounts Bound In To A Copy Of Glossed Biblical Books

Kitchen Accounts Bound In To A Copy Of Glossed Biblical Books

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1480

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 C.ix

Item number: f.2r

Length: 36.5

Width: 25.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

During the course of the 12th century a series of standard glosses (interpretations) were compiled for each book of the Bible, and these became standard texts in monastic libraries all across Europe. This volume contains the Old Testament books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, each with their gloss. This copy was apparently given to the cathedral priory of Rochester by Ralph de Ros, who was prior in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This inserted slip of paper contains late 15th century accounts of Rochester cathedral: it lists bread (top line), a fore-quarter of a sheep (line 8), 3 sheep's heads (for 3 pence; line 9), salt-fish and fresh fish (lines 12-13), butter (line 15), and so on.

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