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Miniature of St. Peter Enthroned, In 'Aelfwine's Prayerbook'

Miniature of St. Peter Enthroned, In 'Aelfwine's Prayerbook'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1025

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Titus D XXVI

Item number: f.19v

Length: 13.1

Width: 10.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript is now bound in two volumes. The other volume contains evidence that it was owned by Aelfwine, when he was a monk and deacon of the New Minster, Winchester, before he became the abbot in 1031 or 1032. It may also predate 1029, the year in which his mother Wulfwynn died, since a note of her death is an addition to the manuscript. The manuscript includes the name of the main scribe: he was a monk called Aelsinus.

Facing a text to be said on the feast day of an apostle, this miniature shows the apostle St. Peter, identifiable by the large pair of keys he holds in his right hand. At his feet stands a monk holding a book, presumably intended to represent Aelfwine.

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