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Historiated Initial With Daniel Feeding The Dragon Of Babylon, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Historiated Initial With Daniel Feeding The Dragon Of Babylon, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1235

Shelfmark: Burney MS 3

Item number: f.348r

Length: 272

Width: 187

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Bible belonged to, and was presumably made for, Robert de Bello (i.e. 'of Battle', near Hastings), who was abbot of the Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine, Canterbury, from 1224-53. He was clearly concerned to have an accurate text--it has been corrected carefully throughout--and his influence may be responsible for some of the very unusual imagery included among the initials. The Initial 'A' depicts an apocryphal story added to the end of the book of Daniel. In the story, Daniel is challenged by the king of Babylon to prove that a dragon, worshipped by many Babylonians as a god, is not a god. Daniel feeds a poison to the dragon, killing it, proving that it was mortal.

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