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Decorated Initial And Ownership Inscription, In Henry of Huntingdon's 'History Of The English'

Decorated Initial And Ownership Inscription, In Henry of Huntingdon's 'History Of The English'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 48

Item number: f.84v

Length: 24.9

Width: 15.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Henry (d.1155) archdeacon of Huntingdon's 'History of the English', is important more for the fact that his work was much copied in the Middle Ages, than for its own originality. For the earlier part he relied heavily on Bede, and even for the period of his own lifetime he does not tell us much of great historical interest. A thirteenth-century inscription records that it then belonged to the Augustinian Priory at Southwick, near Fareham and Havant, in Hampshire. This page marks the end of Book V and the start of Book VI of the text, which is divided into ten books. The decorated initial 'M' to Book VI includes such details as an animal head. In the lower margin is the start of an ownership and anathema inscription (which finishes on the facing page), stating that the manuscript belongs to the church of St. Mary's, Southwick.

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