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Historiated Initial And Shelfmark, In Osbern's 'Life of St. Dunstan'

Historiated Initial And Shelfmark, In Osbern's 'Life of St. Dunstan'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1100

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 16

Item number: f.2r

Length: 24.9

Width: 15.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Osbern (d. c.1090) was born at Canterbury in the mid 11th century, and brought up there, going on to become a monk and then prior of the cathedral priory. He wrote treatises on music, but is perhaps better known for his translations, from Anglo-Saxon into Latin, of biographies of saints. St. Dunstan (d.988) was an archbishop of Canterbury and 'one of the greatest saints of the Anglo-Saxon Church'. This manuscript is written at Christ Church, Canterbury, in their handwriting, but was in the library at Dover Priory by the 14th century. This initial 'R' shows Osbern writing (his name is written in red letters within the upper curve of the initial) while a man swings a censer. In the lower margin is a shelfmark and note of the contents, typical of Dover Priory library books.

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