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The Months Of May And June, In A Calendar

The Months Of May And June, In A Calendar

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 C.viii

Item number: f.7r

Length: 22.9

Width: 16.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Numerous original and added entries show that this calendar was intended for use at Tewkesbury Abbey. An added entry in dark brown ink in the second column, at 8 February, records the death of 'Hugh Despenser, formerly the patron of this place': Hugh Despenser died in 1349 and is buried in Tewkesbury abbey, where his fine tomb still survives. In the left column, at 17 January, is 'O. ysabel com.': the obit of Isabelle, Countess of Warwick, the last of the Despensers, who built the Beauchamp chapel for her husband, Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Abergavenny and Worcester.

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