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ownership Inscription And The Arms Of Bury St. Edmunds, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

ownership Inscription And The Arms Of Bury St. Edmunds, In John Lydgate's 'Lives of St. Edmund and St. Fremund', etc.

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1465

Shelfmark: Yates Thompson MS 47

Item number: f.107r

Length: 24.6

Width: 16.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bury St. Edmunds was the burial place of St. Edmund, a Saxon King of East Anglia, martyred in 869 by Viking invaders who had also martyred St. Fremund in 866. John Lydgate (probably from Lidgate, about 10 miles south-west of Bury), a monk of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds and one of the most prolific writers of Middle English, translated this work from Latin into English. In the lower margin of this page is a shield with the arms of Bury: three gold crowns on a blue background. Below this is an inscription which reads (spelling modernised): 'This book given to my Lady Beamon[t?] by her loving mother Margaret Fitzwalter, with all my heart'. In the late 15th century, when this inscription was written, a Margaret Fitzwalter lived at Attleborough in Norfolk, just 20 miles or so north-east of Bury.

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