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Decorated Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.63r

Decorated Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.63r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3680

Item number: f.63r

Length: 30.4

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. At the top of this page is the end of a list of chapters of the following book, followed by a multi-coloured heading and a large initial 'A' to Book III. In the top margin and top right corner are the book number '3', and the folio number '63'; the sketch of a horse's head in the lower margin is a doodle by a later reader.

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