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Decorated Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.137v

Decorated Initial, In A Copy Of Bede's History Of The English Church f.137v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3680

Item number: f.137v

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. Book V of the text begins with an almost psychedelic initial 'S'. The text is written in the 'spiky' script typical of Canterbury and Rochester in the 12th century. The roman numeral 'xvii' at the lower edge of the page is a quire signature.

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