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King Saul, In A Collection of Theological Writings

King Saul, In A Collection of Theological Writings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2710

Item number: f.35v

Length: 26

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

By the 13th century, vernacular languages (languages of contemporary use) could be used for nearly all types of literature, including some types of theological writings, although they still were usually in latin. This manuscript contains a collection of various kinds of theological writings in Anglo-Norman (French as spoken by the Norman aristocracy of England). It belonged to the nuns of the Benedictine Priory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at King's Mead in Derby. It would have been read for contemplation and devotional study. The manuscript includes a biblical history in verse. On this page a chapter introducing the biblical kings begins with a large decorated letter 'E'. The drawing of King Saul, as a medieval ruler, was inserted on the margin after the manuscript was already finished. Marginal drawings do not appear on other pages: one can only guess why this one was executed here. On the other hand, marginal drawings by medieval readers or owners are nothing unusual.

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