Medieval Seals from the Durham Cathedral Muniments

Durham University Library is offering a fine picture collection of medieval seals. It is highly recommended to consult also the handlist with exhaustive descriptions and lots of pictures!

Sample entry:
3691 n.d.
Bilvelt, Hermann
Description: Oval. Above in an upper canopied niche is Our Lady nimbed and robed, holding a sceptre in her right hand and the child Christ on her left arm. Beneath is St George on horseback spearing the dragon. Below is a shield of arms, a cock.

Size: 73 x 22 mm.
Inscription: S‘ HERMANI D’BILEVELT . DECRE … DOCT‘ SACRI PALI AP’CI CAR‘ AVDITOR‘. note
2.1.Arch.Dunelm.18

[with picture and additional information:]
Styled Hermannus de Bilvelt decrettorum doctor praepositus ecclesiae St. Andree Inningen (?) domini Papae capellanus, etc. Bilvelt is probably Bielefeld in Westphalia. The seal is impressed on a facing of red wax deeply sunk in a cup of white wax.


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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