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

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

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1235

Shelfmark: Burney MS 3

Item number: f.470r

Length: 273

Width: 194

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 larger of the two initial 'S's shows St. Peter addressing a group of men and a youth. Peter is identified by his usual attribute, the large key in his hand, and his audience may be the 'false teachers' and 'false prophets' mentioned at the start of chapter 2.

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