Mortuary roll of Lucy de Vere


Mortuary rolls would be used to announce the deaths of well-known or important religious people, such as Lucy who was the first prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of Hedingham in Essex. This announcement would be taken around local communities asking for prayers to be said for the deceased. In this illustration, Lucy’s soul is being carried to Heaven by angels demonstrating that she has led a good, religious life and will be rewarded in the afterlife.

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Mortuary roll of Lucy de Vere
c. 1230, South East England, probably Essex
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Egerton MS 2849

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