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Illuminated Initial, In A Glossed Gospel Of Matthew

Illuminated Initial, In A Glossed Gospel Of Matthew

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1290

Shelfmark: Burney MS 36

Item number: f.3r

Length: 25.7

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The single large illuminated initial in this manuscript is very French in style, and it was therefore presumably written in France. Despite this, the manuscript can be identified in the 15th-century catalogue of the library at the Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine, Canterbury, and it has a characteristic earlier pressmark of the abbey on the front flyleaf. The text of glossed biblical books such as this were developed in northern France in the early decades of the 12th century; from where they spread rapidly across Europe. It is interesting that St. Augustine's owned this French manuscript, rather than a locally made one: if they acquired it at a date soon after it was made, it was perhaps easier to acquire a copy from France than to find one in England.

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