Most surviving Arma Christi rolls were produced in England, and are quite simply decorated with coloured drawings. The present manuscript is among the finest illuminated of the surviving examples, and is the only surviving Arma Christi roll known to us in Dutch. It opens with a rubric which instructs its readers to recite the prayers while kneeling in order to receive indulgence: “Die dese naeghescreuen ghebeden devoetelick lesen op hore knyeen elck mit een Pater noster ende Ave maria voer die wapenen ons heren ihu christi die verdienen xl dusent ende viertich iaer ende lxxii daeghen oflaets”. Other prayers are preceded by rubrics identifying Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) and Alexander VI (1492-1503) as authors, and one states that the prayer was displayed in the basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome on a marble column: “sint Jan lateranen kerck … in een marmoren columne”. The text ends with the name “Jan Cuert Lollis soen”, who would appear to have been its scribe.
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