Original holes in parchment pages of manuscripts
seem to occur especially often in monastic manuscripts, since many monks
could not afford (or did not care for) the luxury of rejecting sheets accidentally
damaged in preparation. The scribe here has carefully written the text
around a hole in a late twelfth-century manuscript made probably at Winchcombe
Abbey in Gloucectershire
After Christopher De Hamel, Medieval Craftsmen.
Scribes and Illuminators (London: British Museum Press, 1992), pic.
6, p. 12.