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detail of inscription in top right corner

Image © Hildesheim, St Godehard
This page provides the more recent provenance of the manuscript. At the top right are written the words ‘Liber Monast[erii ]Lambspring 1657’. Below this, in a bolder hand are the words ‘Liber Monast[erii] Lam/spring O.S.B. Cong[regationis] Angl[icanae]’. The monastery of Lamspringe near Hildesheim in Lower Saxony, was given to English Benedictines in 1643 and became a home for British Catholics fleeing persecution during and after the Civil War in the mid-seventeenth century.

The same hand wrote ‘ S1’ over an earlier inscription ‘A 5’.These are probably shelf marks. They are all written in the flowing handwriting of the 17th and 18th centuries.

At the bottom left, written in a more controlled italic hand of the early 17th century, are the words ‘Fr[ater]: Ben[edictus]:’ One of the brethren must have taken the manuscript to Germany for safekeeping. Benedict is one of the most common names taken in religion, but at Lamspringe in the mid 17th century only Robert Meering is recorded taking this name. He professed in 1658 and died in 1664. Perhaps he brought the book with him from England. (see also Codicology)

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