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Inhabited Initial At The Start Of The Sanctorale, In The Coldingham Breviary

Inhabited Initial At The Start Of The Sanctorale, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.198r

Length: 25.8

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. The Sanctorale begins, as usual, with St. Andrew, whose feast day is on 30 November (around the same date as the beginning of Advent). The first reading of the feast is marked by a large initial 'P' containing two human heads among the ornament.

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