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Inside book cover


Inside one of the calf-skin book covers recovered from the Mary Rose, we find something rather special – remnants of the pages, adhering to the leather.

While they are sadly unreadable, most books at the time were religious texts, so this may have been an officer’s prayerbook. Unlike most other book covers, which were found on the main deck, this one was found caught in a coil of rope on the orlop deck. Please be aware that this object is not visible in the museum.