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Philippa Smith
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I'm torn between the Athelstan Psalter and the Bedford Hours, but I'm going to have to go for the Bedford Hours as I agree that it is so vibrant and beautiful.
Congratulations! Well-deserved. It must be the season, as the Great Parchment Book project has just received a Commendation of Merit in the European Succeed Awards for the digitisation of textual content. Perhaps that's one for you next year! For more information go to
The City of London has a fine 1297 copy of Magna Carta, notable for having attached to it the original writ directed to the Sheriffs of London, ordering that the Charter be promulgated within the City. London was the only city specifically named in the document, in the clause that stated that “the City of London shall have all its ancient liberties by land as well as by water". More infomation can be found at
Could you say a little bit more about purple parchment? I'm intrigued.
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