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Readers' Marks, In A Volume Of Chronological Treatises By Bede And Helperic

Readers' Marks, In A Volume Of Chronological Treatises By Bede And Helperic

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1100

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 D.iv

Item number: f.32v

Length: 24.8

Width: 16.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

In the left-hand margin of a page from Helperic's treatise on calculating the dates of the phases of the moon, an early corrector has added two omitted words, and indicated where they should be inserted by means of a symbol a bit like an H with curved sides. Another reader has marked most of the text with an indented line and a pointing hand. The symbol that looks a bit like a sideways ice-cream cone, with a dot to its right, is a mark often found in manuscripts from Canterbury. Why was so much attention paid to this page? It discusses calculation of the date of Easter, an important task of medieval monks and churchmen.

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