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Historiated Initial With Paul Sending A Letter, And Preaching, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Historiated Initial With Paul Sending A Letter, And Preaching, In 'The Bible Of Robert De Bello'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1235

Shelfmark: Burney MS 3

Item number: f.501v

Length: 274

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. In the initial 'P' to the left, Paul stands with his hands bound at the wrists, while his Epistle is delivered to Philemon. In the initial 'M' below and to the right, he is shown preaching to the Hebrews.

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