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Letter of dedication and ownership inscription, in 'Commentary on the Song of Solomon' by Gilbert Foliot

Letter of dedication and ownership inscription, in 'Commentary on the Song of Solomon' by Gilbert Foliot

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 E.vii

Item number: f.4r

Length: 32

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Containing Gilbert Foliot's 'Commentary on the Song of Solomon', this early 13th-century manuscript has additional writings and inscriptions that connect it with Rochester, where it was part of the library, and with Hereford, where Gilbert was bishop before becoming Bishop of London in 1163. Gilbert Foliot is more well-known for his support of Henry II in his dispute with Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury. An inscription near the beginning of the manuscript says that it belonged to the cloister of Rochester. On this page, a letter dedicating the book to Robert, Bishop of Hereford begins. The Bishop referred to could have been either Robert de Melun (1163-11660 or, perhaps more probably, Robert Foliot, (II74-1186). The inscription in the lower margin says that the book, by 'Gilbert the monk', belonged to Rochester Priory.

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