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Ordinances, In A Collection Of Dictaminal Formularies

Ordinances, In A Collection Of Dictaminal Formularies

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 E.xiv

Item number: f.79r

Length: 15.8

Width: 13

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the Middle Ages 'Dictamen' was the art of writing official letters, and a 'Formulary' was a series of sample texts. This manuscript contains several formularies relating to dictamen. Many of the texts in these collections relate to the Cistercian abbey of Hailes, in the modern county of Gloucestershire. The text on this page is the start of a set of ordinances, dated 1437, of William [Henley], Abbot of Hailes, on departing for Rome and leaving John Alcestre, the prior, in charge.

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