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Manufacturing Marks, In A Collection Of Peter Of Blois's Letters, Sermons, And Other Works

Manufacturing Marks, In A Collection Of Peter Of Blois's Letters, Sermons, And Other Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 F.xvii

Item number: f.48v

Length: 29.8

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter of Blois (c.1130-c.1203), had a distinguished academic, ecclesiastical, and political career, becoming archdeacon of London, ambassador to King Henry II, and secretary to his wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most powerful woman in Europe. The collection of his letters exists in two versions, probably because Peter published a 'first edition' and later revised it: this manuscript contains the 'first edition', but is heavily annotated and corrected to bring it into line with the 'second edition'. In the Middle Ages it was owned by Lesnes Abbey, between Woolwich and Dartford, in south east London. Each of the first several quires has in the lower margin of the last page a quire signature ('.VI.'), a catchword, and a note 'Correctus sum', followed by a cross, indicating that the text has been checked and corrected.

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