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Decorated Initial, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte' f.3r

Decorated Initial, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte' f.3r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.3r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris. The text on this page is a prologue to the Gospel of Matthew, beginning 'Matheus ex iudeis'. The initial 'M' is formed as a symmetrical interlace design.

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