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The Scribe's Name, In Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History'

The Scribe's Name, In Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1381

Shelfmark: Burney MS 310

Item number: f.158r

Length: 36

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Much of our knowledge of the first three centuries of Christianity comes from the writings of Eusebius (c. 260-340), and much of our knowledge of the early centuries of Christianity in Britain comes from the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History. These two texts are combined, with other historical works, in this manuscript written at Finchale (near Durham) about 550 years after Bede's death. At the end of the Bede text the scribe (who also wrote a colophon at the end of the preceding text) writes his name: 'G du Stiphel'. He probably came from Stival, in Brittany.

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