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Decorated Initial And The Death Of Bede, In Simeon Of Durham's 'History Of The Church Of Durham'

Decorated Initial And The Death Of Bede, In Simeon Of Durham's 'History Of The Church Of Durham'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina A V

Item number: f.40v

Length: 23.8

Width: 16.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Simeon of Durham (c.1070-c.1130) was precentor of the monastic cathedral of Durham. He based his 'History of Durham' on the writings of Bede, an anonymous Northumbrian chronicler, Florence of Worcester, and on his own knowledge. This manuscript was apparently produced at Durham, as its artist decorated some other Durham books. Fairly soon after, however, it was acquired by Fountains Abbey, about 50 miles south in Yorkshire. This initial 'A' marks the start of a section beginning at the year AD 735. Various readers have marked passages with marginal notes and symbols, the first of which marks the mention of the death of 'the Venerable' Bede.

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