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Alan Coates

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207566.001.0001

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The Fingall Cartulary Book List

The Fingall Cartulary Book List

(p.19) 2 The Fingall Cartulary Book List
English Medieval Books

Alan Coates

Oxford University Press

At some time in or before 1792, a number of old books were found hidden away at Shinfield House, south of Reading, which was owned by the Earl of Fingall. The books were taken to nearby Woolhampton House, another residence of Lord Fingall. Woolhampton Lodge, a small house on the estate, was rented by Lord Fingall to the Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth. When John Virtue became bishop of Portsmouth and went to the Lodge in 1884, he discovered amongst other books a volume of charters and other items. This volume was eventually acquired by the British Museum and is now known as the Fingall Cartulary, or Wollascot Manuscript. In addition to charters, lists of vestments, liturgical objects and relics, the Fingall Cartulary contains the earliest surviving list of the books of Reading Abbey and Leominster Priory. The importance that the monks attached to their books can be seen from the fact that the books were listed so prominently towards the beginning of the cartulary, following the list of relics.

Keywords:   Fingall Cartulary, Wollascot Manuscript, Reading, British Museum, Reading Abbey, Leominster Priory, monks, charters, relics

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