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Historiated Initial With St. Peter Writing, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Historiated Initial With St. Peter Writing, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1235

Shelfmark: Burney MS 3

Item number: f.468v

Length: 273

Width: 190

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 large initial 'P' shows St. Peter writing this Epistle, and his arrest; the buildings at the top probably represent the cities to which Peter's epistle was addressed.

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