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12th Century Spanish Charter

 

Signed by St. Martin of Finojosa, also Bishop of Siguenza

Dated Easter Day, 1191 (Castile, Spain)

Description: This 12th century document, 12 lines written in a fine, large Charter hand by a scribe named Johannes Rogatus who has subscribed it at the foot, “Ego dominicus Johannis Rogatus scribere scripsit hoc signum feci.”

 

The document grants Magister Gerardus, in return for his labours, the ownership of a number of Churches of St. Mary at Tommis, Losana, el Peraleio, Rebolosa, Carrascosa, el Izeras de Fortunfortunez, Izeras de Torremontejo… with all  possessions besides other territories, including all the serfs belonging to the Church of Termis.

 

The land grant is also signed by 30 witnesses.  St. Martin, Spanish Cistercian (1140-1213) was Abbot of Huerta and Bishop of Siguenza c. 1187 or 1191.  He lived a life of charity spending money on re-purchasing captive Christians from the Moors. He is believed to performed many miracles.

 

Carthusian Monks Manuscript

 Description: From an illuminated Latin manuscript of the 14th century containing prayers of the Mass, this is the work of Spanish Carthusian monks. This leaf is written on both sides allowing the images to show through. The Carthusians were devoted to the making of books, remarkable when considering their austere rules of silence and seclusion.   [uncataloged]

 

Edmund Spenser's "Faerie Queen"

The faerie queen; The shepheards calendar: together with the other works of England's arch-poët

London, 1617

Call number: PR 2350 1617

Annotation: Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599) Protestant, prolific poet, and a strong supporter of Queen Elizabeth. Considered Spenser’s greatest work, this work is issued in six parts, the first three published in 1590, and three additional parts in 1596. Spenser’s allegory of “Glory and 12 Virtues” is represented by the characters of the Faerie Queen (Queen Elizabeth) and her 12 knights each on a quest to illustrate his virtue.

Codex circa 12th-14th century

Front Cover of Codex with Clasp

Inside the codex

Description: This tiny leather bound book with clasp is of unknown authorship and content.  For this reason, it is currently an un-cataloged item our collection.  It is written in Medieval Latin with extremely compact, tiny script, perhaps the work of one or more hands.A codex is essentially an ancient bound and printed book consisting of one or more sheets of paper, vellum or something similar. 

 

Manuscript –Payment to a Royal Scribe

[Era of Charles VII of France, 1403-1461]

Amboise, France

Dated 28 October, 1433                         [un-cataloged]

 

 Description: An original manuscript, 1 page vellum, signed by Gilier, from the Office of Finance, to pay Jehan Leclerc, secretary to Jehan Chasteigner ( Councillor of Charles VII of France), the sum of 50 livres tournois for the purchase of parchment, paper and ink.

Manuscript – Receipt of Payment for Repairs to a Royal Cup

Rouen, France

Dated: 20 April, 1464

 

Annotation: Manuscript, 8 lines very small script, one page vellum with small wax seal.  Document signed by  Colin Lubin,  a painter at Rouen, France (c1464), stating that  the sum of 35 sols is paid to Simon Pichart, goldsmith, by Matthew Henry, Vicomte de Conches et de Breteuil, for repair of a silver-gilt cup in the Chapel of the Chateau at Conches, belonging to the King.

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