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Waltham Abbey Bible on display in Essex museum
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex

Waltham Abbey Bible
The Waltham Abbey Bible dates from around the 12th century

A Bible from Waltham Abbey produced a during the 12th century is on display at Epping Forest District Museum.

The ancient book is one of the objects included in the Essex items for 'A History of the World'.

The manuscript was hand-written on velum and was owned by the Prior of Waltham Abbey.

Tony O'Connor from Epping Forest District Museum told BBC Essex: "It comes from a period before the printing press, when books were very rare."

The Bible contains thousands of pages and is written in a form of medieval Latin called Vulgate Latin.

Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey is close by the museum in the town

"The scribes who would have been writing this, would have spent hours working on this. We think they could have produced four pages a day maximum," Tony said.

Inside the book is a complete Old and New Testament, along with additional ecclesiastical writings.

And importantly for historical records of Waltham Abbey, a list of other books contained in the Prior's library, many of which have been destroyed.

"What we have here is a wonderful piece of learning, a wonderful example of a devotional piece," Tony added.

Epping Forest District Museum is located near to Waltham Abbey and is open on Mondays, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.

This includes Bank Holidays and all day Saturday.

To see more 'A History of the World' objects click on the link below.


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