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Historiated Initial With Libra, In The Martyrology Of St. Augustine's, Canterbury

Historiated Initial With Libra, In The Martyrology Of St. Augustine's, Canterbury

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1100

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vitellius C XII

Item number: f.143v

Length: 33.1

Width: 24.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A martyrology records accounts of martyrs and their deaths, for reading each day as part of the Divine Office, in the sequence of their feast-days through the year. Sometimes, as in the present example, space is left for the insertion notes to commemorate other deaths. The additions to the present manuscript (in addition to the style of its handwriting and decoration) show that it was made at St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. The 'KL' monogram which introduces October includes a representation of the zodiac sign for Libra, the scales, here held by a woman. Immediately to the right of the scales is an added commemoration for 'Wulfwinus, our brother', above which has been added 'scriptor': he was a scribe.

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