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Ownership Inscriptions, In The Calendar Of A Breviary

Ownership Inscriptions, In The Calendar Of A Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 A.x

Item number: f.2r

Length: 17.5

Width: 11.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Breviary was certainly made at and for the Benedictine Abbey of St. Albans: this is shown by its liturgical contents, by the fact that the scribe has been recognised in several other St. Albans manuscripts, and by added ownership inscriptions. Though relatively modest in scale and palette, it shows the height of refinement of script and decoration achieved by the scriptorium of St. Albans in the first half of the 12th century. The calendar includes, on this page, the feast of the relics of St. Albans (27 Jan.). In the 14th-century someone recorded at the top of this page that this volume was kept in the little cupboard in the choir, and at the lower edge of the page in a different 14th-century script is an ownership inscription and anathema of St. Albans.

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