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Inhabited Initial, In A Volume Of Works By Paschasius Radbertus, Augustine, And Lanfranc

Inhabited Initial, In A Volume Of Works By Paschasius Radbertus, Augustine, And Lanfranc

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3061

Item number: f.4v

Length: 26.7

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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. Following an author portrait, a list of chapters, and a preface, the main text of the first work is introduced by this large fine inhabited initial 'Q', whose tail is made up of a dragon.

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