K is for…

Bathing King


Early manuscripts (and manuscript waste) offer rare splashes of colour in an otherwise monochrome collection. This reaches its high point in the glorious illuminated initials of Bolton Library Ms 3, a 15th century exposition on the Psalms. Here, in an inhabited ‘S’ initial, we find a bathing king, or possibly a baptism. Could this be a depiction of Lucius of Britain?


Kineton Hundred


Murder and misadventure are the order of the day in this 13th century waste (preserved by a 19th century Dublin bookbinder) originating in what is now modern day Warwickshire. The parchment leaves are believed to be from an eyre roll, specifically the crown pleas section, and are written in a neat hand in the era’s very distinctive cursive documentary script.