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Decorated Heading And Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.4v

Decorated Heading And Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.4v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3680

Item number: f.4v

Length: 30.1

Width: 19.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (died 735), a monk of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Northumberland, is best known today as a writer and historian: perhaps his most important work is the History of the English Church, which extends from the arrival of Christianity in Britain, to his own day. This copy was probably made at, and certainly owned by, Rochester Cathedral. After the prologue, the main text begins with a five-line heading written in capitals in red, green, and purple, and a large, elaborately decorated initial 'B'.

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