Things I've picked up along the way...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a sixteenth century prayer book annotated by Lady Jane Grey. So… it’s not really medieval but I wanted to share it with you all because it’s so interesting! I get quite excited seeing the actual handwriting of historical figures (actually I have a thing about handwriting in general). If you look carefully at the bottom of the page you can read Jane’s message to Sir John Bridges, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, where Jane was imprisoned:

'Forasmutche as you have desired so simple a woman to wrighte in so worthye a booke (good) mayster lieutenaunte therefore I shall as a frende desyre you and as a christian require you to call uppon god to encline youre harte to his lawes to quicken you in his waye and not [on the next page] to take the worde of trewthe utterlye oute of youre mouthe…' 

According to the British Library catalogue record, she gave it to Bridges moments before her execution.
Remarkable. Fascinating. Chilling.
Image source: British Library MS Harley 2342. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a sixteenth century prayer book annotated by Lady Jane Grey. So… it’s not really medieval but I wanted to share it with you all because it’s so interesting! I get quite excited seeing the actual handwriting of historical figures (actually I have a thing about handwriting in general). If you look carefully at the bottom of the page you can read Jane’s message to Sir John Bridges, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, where Jane was imprisoned:

'Forasmutche as you have desired so simple a woman to wrighte in so worthye a booke (good) mayster lieutenaunte therefore I shall as a frende desyre you and as a christian require you to call uppon god to encline youre harte to his lawes to quicken you in his waye and not [on the next page] to take the worde of trewthe utterlye oute of youre mouthe…' 

According to the British Library catalogue record, she gave it to Bridges moments before her execution.

Remarkable. Fascinating. Chilling.

Image source: British Library MS Harley 2342. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

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