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Ownership Inscription and Anathema, in A Collection of Works by St Augustine

Ownership Inscription and Anathema, in A Collection of Works by St Augustine

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1115

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 B.xii

Item number: f.4v

Length: 26.5

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

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The priory of the cathedral of St Andrew, Rochester, possessed a great number of books, most of which became the medieval manuscripts section of Henry VIII's library when the bishop of Rochester's belongings were confiscated in 1534 or upon his execution in 1535. The clerics, monks and canons at the cathedral would have need for many types of books: for study, conducting church and prayer services and for personal devotion. This manuscript, copied in the early 12th century, contained St Augustine's 'On Christian Doctrine' and 'On True Religion'. In the late 12th or beginning of the 13th century, the monastery's cantor, Alexander, wrote out a catalogue of all the books owned by the priory on the flyleaves at the front of this manuscript.

Facing the opening of 'On Christian Doctrine', this page lists of the book's sections and chapters. Near the end of the page, the inscription beginning "Liber de claust Roffens" says that the book belongs to the cloister of Rochester (using the latin name) and declares anathema on anyone who steals the manuscript. This is followed by "In memory of Humphrey the precentor."

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