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Decorated Initial, In The Life of St. Oswin f.2r

Decorated Initial, In The Life of St. Oswin f.2r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius A X

Item number: f.2r

Length: 17.8

Width: 11.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Oswin (d.651) was king of Deira in Northumbria, who was killed after being betrayed by his best friend. He was buried at Tynemouth (on the English coast to the east of Newcastle) and revered there as a martyr, even though he had not actually died defending the Christian faith. His veneration was not widespread, and it is therefore likely that this manuscript was made for somewhere with a close association to Tynemouth, or Tynemouth itself. This page is the first of the manuscript, and contains a prologue to the main text of the Life. The green pigment used in decorating the initial 'A' has partly corroded through the parchment and has been repaired.

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