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Ownership Inscription, In A Glossed Gospels

Ownership Inscription, In A Glossed Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1280

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 E.vi

Item number: f.82r

Length: 43.6

Width: 29.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A cornerstone of biblical study in medieval monasteries were various commentaries on, and interpretations of, the books of the Bible. A standard gloss was developed in the 12th century, which continued to be copied in the 13th century and beyond. The present manuscript is such a manuscript, owned by the Cistercian abbey of Jervaulx by the late Middle Ages. Its luxurious high quality production suggests, however, that it was not made at the abbey, because Cistercian rules forbade such opulence. In the top left corner of this page towards the middle of the volume is a Jervaulx ownership inscription: 'Jorevall(ensis)'. While it would have been relatively easy for someone to find and erase or obliterate such an inscription at the very front or back of a book, a thief would be less likely to notice an inscription placed in the middle of the text.

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