Fragment of a Passional c. 1150

1150 , Fragment of a Passional c. 1150. [Image]

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A bifolium from a Passional made at and for a religious community in the north of England, c. 1150. A ‘Passional’ was a liturgical book containing Lives of saints (including accounts of their martyrdoms or ‘passions’) to be read on their feast days throughout the year. This fragment contains part of the Life of S. Sylvester. After the Dissolution of the English monasteries (1538-9), many books such as this were pulled to pieces and the parchment reused, in this case as a wrapper for administrative documents relating to the estates of a secular lordship in the north-west of England.

Acquired from an unnamed friend, probably in the 1950s, by Sir Roger Mynors (d. 1989), Corpus Professor of Latin at Oxford University; acquired from his estate by Prof. R. M. Thomson.

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Keywords: Manuscript, fragment, Passional, bifolium, saints, martyrdom, Saint Sylvester, Sir Roger Mynors, Oxford University, Professor R.M. Thomson
Collections: Manuscript and Early Printed Book Image Collection
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