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Decorated Initials, In Ailred Of Rievaulx, The Life Of Edward The Confessor

Decorated Initials, In Ailred Of Rievaulx, The Life Of Edward The Confessor

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vespasian B XI

Item number: f.84v

Length: 25.5

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although there is no explicit evidence that this manuscript came from the Augustinian abbey of the Holy Trinity, Kirkham (Yorkshire), it once formed part of another manuscript which bears the Kirkham ex-libris. This page contains the end of the prologue, a letter from Ailred to abbot Laurence with a decorated initial 'D', and the start of the Life of St. Edward itself, with an initial 'G'. Their size and degree of elaboration reflect the relative importance of each text.

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