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Decorated Initial, In The Life of St. Oswin f.10r

Decorated Initial, In The Life of St. Oswin f.10r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Julius A X

Item number: f.10r

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. Within the main account of the Life, decorated initials mark the start of various sections. This initial 'A' marks the part headed ' How the body of the most blessed king and martyr Oswin was found, on 11 March'.

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