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Press-Mark, In A Volume Of Works Of Ralph of Diceto

Press-Mark, In A Volume Of Works Of Ralph of Diceto

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 E.vi

Item number: f.ir

Length: 39.8

Width: 30.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ralph of Diceto (d. 1202) gained an education in Paris, and became a dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1180. He wrote two historical works covering his lifetime, both contained in this manuscript, which was owned by St. Albans abbey in the Middle Ages. This volume contains no explicit evidence that it was written at the Benedictine abbey of St. Albans, but the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. The contents of the Annals at the end of the volume show a marked bias towards the interests of the abbey. In the upper margin of this page is an inscription consisting of a large 'A' followed by '6 g'd' 2 p': this is recognisable as a St. Albans press-mark, indicating that this manuscript was kept on shelf 6 in cupboard A.

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