Buried Treasure III: Early Fragments in Later Books

Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive Blog

Now the third and final instalment in this series of blogs on fragments discovered within the bindings of Worcester books:

  1. Fragment of a medieval calendar of religious festivals , c.1350 – 1500. The top two lines refer respectively to the commemoration of the Seven Holy Sleepers of Ephesus and the feast day of Saint Pantaleon. Under the Julian calendar, both feasts were celebrated on the 27th July. Saint Pantaleon’s day is here erroneously shown to be on the 28th. Perhaps the scribe had failed to leave enough room to include both events on the same day? Pantaleon was one of a number of saints whose associations with healing and good health led to their particular veneration during and immediately after the Black Death of 1346-53. Found as an endleaf to a 1541 edition of Ptolemy’s works (WCL SI11).

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