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Detailed record for Egerton 3031

Part 1 ff. 3-71v 
Title Cartulary of Reading abbey, with lists of the libraries at Reading and its cell at Leominster, and of relics and vestments at Reading
Origin England, S. (Reading)
Date last quarter of the 12th century, probably c. 1180-1190
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in red, most with blue penwork decoration, or in blue, most with red penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue. Paraphs in blue or red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 205 (230 x 135)
 
Part 2 ff. 11-12, 28v-35v, 72-112v 
Title Later additions, up to the reign of Henry III
Origin England, S. (Reading)
Date 1st half of the 13th century, to 1238
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Various styles of decorated initials, including in red, green, or blue, in green with red penwork decoration, in red with brown pen-flourishing, 1in brown with highlighting in red,
Dimensions in mm 285 x 205 (various)
 
Official foliation ff. 114 (ff. 1-2 are parchment leaves, + an unfoliated parchment leaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. 13th-century? oak boards covered with white leather; strap-fastening.
Provenance Presented by Ralph, priest of Whitchurch: inscription (f. 10v), to the Benedictine abbey of Reading: 15th-century inscription 'Hic est Liber Sancte Marie Radyngie Claustralibus quem qui celeverit vel fraudem de eo fecerit Anathema sit' (f. 2v).
Arthur James Plunkett, 7th Earl of Fingall: note of the finding of the manuscript in his house at Shinfield, Berkshire in 1792 (f. i). (see Barfield, p. 113)
Acquired in 1921 by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The charters show that the original compilation was done early in the reign of Richard 1 (1190-1199), although the booklist may have been copied between c. 1180 and c. 1191, based on the names of the owners and donors of manuscripts: see Coates. The latest episcopal charters are of Hubert Walter, bishop of Salisbury (reigned 1189-1193), and of William de Vere, bishop of Hereford (reigned 1186-1199) (see Watson).
Ampersands, and uncrossed tironian ets.
Select bibliography S. Barfield, 'Lord Fingall's Cartulary of Reading Abbey', English Historical Review, 3 (1888), 113-25.

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1921-1925 (London: British Museum, 1950), no. Eg. 3031 [with detailed description].

G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain: A Short Catalogue (London: Longmans Green, 1958), no. 801.

Francis Wormald, ‘The Monastic Library’, in Gatherings in Honour of Dorothy E. Miner, ed. by Ursula E. McCracken, Lilian M. C. Randall and Richard H. Randall, Jr (Baltimore, 1974), pp. 93-109 (p. 109).

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 620, II, pl. 801.

Alan Coates, English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999), pp. xvii-xviii, pls 1, 2.


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Part  1   ff. 3-71v
Cartulary of Reading abbey, with lists of the libraries at Reading and its cell at Leominster, and of relics and vestments at Reading
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Contents list

f. 3
Contents list
Coloured initials

f. 6
Coloured initials
Coloured initials

f. 6v
Coloured initials
 
Library list

f. 8v
Library list
Text page

f. 12
Text page
Coloured initials

f. 12v
Coloured initials
 
Decorated initial

f. 13
Decorated initial

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