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Coloured Initials, In Paul The Deacon's 'Homiliary'

Coloured Initials, In Paul The Deacon's 'Homiliary'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1918

Item number: f.41r

Length: 35.5

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Paul the Deacon (720-799) is known mainly for his writings as a historian, but he also composed a commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, and this widely used collection of homilies. Although it was perhaps written and decorated in Normandy, this manuscript was at Glastonbury Abbey by the end of the Middle Ages. A common sequence of colour alternation in Romanesque manuscripts is A, B, A, C: on this and other pages the initials alternate: blue, red, green, red. Later readers have underlined passages, drawn a pointing hand in the right margin, and made notes in the margins.

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