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Birth scroll

c. 1465
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Vie de Sainte Marguerite: in verse [Beginning wanting].Written in a neat gothic script, on one side only.

Saint Margaret is said to have been martyred at Antioch in the last quarter of the third century, and later her cult was celebrated by the Orthodox Church under the name of Marina: her feast was on July 20. This cult, especially in its connection with childbirth, where the Saint is particularly invoked as Protectress and Patroness of women in travail, is found in the poem by Wace, and in contemporary and later vernacular versions. It seems to have flourished most vigorously in Normandy, Flanders, and England from the twelfth century onwards, and down to at least the end of the seventeenth century in France.


Skemer, Don C. Binding Words: Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2006), pp. 246-247


c. 1465

Physical description

1 volume Scroll. gothic char. 250 x 11 cm. On thin vellum. The beginning, containing probably about 50 lines, has been torn away, the first six lines are mutilated. There are tears and stains in the text.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1929.

Ownership note

In the margin at the beginning is an inscription [c. 1873]: 'Ce rouleau a été tiré du chateau du Gibanel et appartient à Monsieur le baron de Lombarel du Gibanel qui l'a prêté à Mr. Le comte de Clairmont Toucheboeuf'.

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Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

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