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Scribal Colophon Of John Lutton, In Robert Holcot's 'Commentary On The Book Of Wisdom'

Scribal Colophon Of John Lutton, In Robert Holcot's 'Commentary On The Book Of Wisdom'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 C.vi

Item number: f.215r

Length: 36.6

Width: 23.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Robert Holcot was born in Holcot, near Northampton. He became a Dominican, and studied at Oxford, where he became Dominican regent master, before returning to the Dominican priory of Northampton, where he died of the plague in 1349. His most famous writings, as preserved in the present manuscript, derive from lectures on the biblical book of Wisdom, which he probably delivered at Cambridge. This manuscript was commissioned by a monk of Reading for his abbey. At the end of the main text, in the left-hand column, the scribe has written his name: 'Jon Lutton' (he probably came from Lutton, between Peterborough and Kettering, in Northamptonshire, not far from Holcot). Another scribe, using paler ink, has added an index, starting in the right-hand column.

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