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Full-Page Drawing Of St. Paschasius Radbertus, In A Volume Of Works By Paschasius Radbertus, Augustine, And Lanfranc

Full-Page Drawing Of St. Paschasius Radbertus, In A Volume Of Works By Paschasius Radbertus, Augustine, And Lanfranc

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3061

Item number: f.1v

Length: 26.7

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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The most modern author in this volume is Lanfranc, archbishop of Canterbury, who died in 1089; this manuscript was written within a few decades of his death. It is not known where it was written (the styles of script and decoration combine Norman and English features), but by the 13th century the book was certainly owned by Abingdon Abbey in Oxfordshire. This fine drawing shows a sainted monk (he has a tonsure and a halo) writing at a writing-desk with an elaborate ink-pot-holder. On the open page in front of him are the first words ('Dilectissimo filio &') of the work which follows. He must therefore be intended as a representation of the author, Paschasius Radbertus, who died c. 860 at the monastery of Corbie, in France.

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