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Decorated Initial, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Decorated Initial, In Walter Hilton's 'Pricking Of Love'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2254

Item number: f.60v

Length: 28.2

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The main text in this manuscript is a Latin work often attributed to St. Bonaventura, here translated into English verse probably by Walter Hilton (d. 1396), a mystic writer and the head of a house of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire. On the font flyleaf is an inscription stating that the book belonged to Alice Braintwath, 'worshipful prioress' of the Dominican nunnery of Dartford, in Kent. Within the 'Pricking of Love' is this section, headed 'A devoute exposition of ye Pater Noster [the Lord's Prayer]'. It begins with the first line of the Our Father in Latin, and continues in English: 'Pater noster qui es in celis. A ye unspekable goodenesse of god . . .'

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