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Historiated Initial With John Lydgate, In John Lydgate's 'The Secrees Of Old Philosoffres' And Other Middle English Texts

Historiated Initial With John Lydgate, In John Lydgate's 'The Secrees Of Old Philosoffres' And Other Middle English Texts

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4826

Item number: f.52r

Length: 29.6

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Lydgate (died c. 1450) was a monk at the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, and translated the 'Lives of Sts. Edmund and Fremund' from Latin into English to commemorate the visit of King Henry VI to the abbey in 1434-1435. The artist of this volume was probably a member of a workshop based in the town. In this initial 'G' a kneeling Benedictine monk is appealing to God outside the initial: this is surely intended to represent Lydgate, and indeed the original scribe or a medieval reader has written his name in the left margin.

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