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Rule of the Poor Clares: MS 305

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Rule of the Poor Clares




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i contemporary parchment flyleaf + 21 fols., 235 x 165 mm (158 x 118 mm), two columns, 29 lines, ruled in brown ink

BINDING: fifteenth century, red leather over wooden boards, sewn on three supports, two leather straps with metal clasps on upper cover, two pins on lower cover, rust stains of other metal furniture on pastedowns and leaves at both ends

DECORATION: Full-page miniature with full floral border framed between gold bars: St Clare standing within a rocky landscape, holding a cross and a book, and sheltering members of order under her cloak (fol. 2r).

ORNAMENTATION: Blue initial [E, 3 ll.] on red ground with white foliate ornament and gold initial [I, 3 ll.] on diapered blue and red ground, both accompanied by spraywork extensions with foliage, flowers and gold balls (fol. 1v); alternate blue and red initial [2-5 ll.], and one gold initial [T, 3 ll., fol. 4r] with elaborate red or blue, and occasionally green, pen-flourished infill and extensions; text on fol. 1v written in gold and blue, with capitals in alternative colour; red and blue pen-flourished bars separating the letters of the last word, Amen (fol. 18v); capitals highlighted in yellow throughout.


History note: Purchased at Sotheby’s, London, 27 July 1920, lot 456 and presented by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Place(s) associated

  • Ferrara ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Presented (1920) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1460 CE


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 305
Primary reference Number: 178875
Project ID: 3481
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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