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Pressmark of Fountains, in a volume of Cyprian

Pressmark of Fountains, in a volume of Cyprian

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 217

Item number: f.1r

Length: 24

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Books of all types on the Bible and theology were important to the monks of the Middle Ages. This manuscript, which belonged to the Cistercian abbey at Fountains in Yorkshire, contains a collection of the works of the Early Christian writer Cyprian. It would have been a scholar's book, read as part of the daily programme of Bible study. Images would not have been necessary, especially for the Cistercians, an order which had no objections to beauty but shunned elaborate decoration as distraction. At the beginning of the book, an inscription identifies its contents. The pressmark of Fountains Abbey is written in red below.

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