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Ownership Inscription, In A Volume Containing Miscellaneous Texts Including Works By Walter Of Châtillon And Cicero

Ownership Inscription, In A Volume Containing Miscellaneous Texts Including Works By Walter Of Châtillon And Cicero

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 A.x

Item number: f.3r

Length: 18.1

Width: 11.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

By the 13th century this collection of miscellaneous texts, which includes tracts on liturgical symbolism and on the calendar, and various theological notes, belonged to the Benedictine abbey of the Virgin and St. Botulf at Thorney, a few miles north-east of Peterborough. This is shown by an ownership inscription at the beginning, and a fragment of the mortuary roll of Ralph, Abbot of Thorney (d. 1216), which used to be at the end. What would originally have been the first page of text contains the start of a list of chapters of the first work, the 'Alexandreis' of Walter of Châtillon. The lower margin is inscribed with a note that the book belonged to the precentor of Thorney: 'liber precentorie thorneye'.

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