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Three-Quarter View Of The Binding Of 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Three-Quarter View Of The Binding Of 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Medium: Binding

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 46487

Item number: Binding

Length: 27.2

Width: 16.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although popularly known as the Sherborne Cartulary, this manuscripts contains much more than just copies of charters relating to Sherborne. Of about 90 leaves, the last 50 or so contain mainly liturgical and biblical texts such as the accounts of the Passion from each of the Four Gospels, and Gospel readings and prayers to be said on major Church feast-days. The contents of the cartulary section, however, leave no doubt that the manuscript was written for Sherborne Abbey, in Dorset. The binding has been much restored, but retains the original 12th-century wooden boards. The upper cover has a deep recess, probably to contain an ivory carving. It now contains a fragment of 13th-century Limoges enamel, which would probably originally have represented a Crucifixion.

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