Sermons of Robert of Ripon f.6v
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
A contemporary of Chaucer, Robert of Ripon, a Benedictine monk and sub-prior of Durham cathedral, wrote sermons which could be seen as the other side of the coin of late medieval English literature. His ponderous works use homely comparisons to condemn ordinary sinners and those who erred more dramatically, such as the Lollards. The big issue in his day was the 'anti-pope' at Avignon. Robert of Ripon's take on it was that the anti-pope was most definitely the Anti-Christ. His sixty-six sermons 'On Time and Holiness' are contained in this manuscript, which was probably made during his lifetime at Durham.
The decorated letter 'N' begins a sermon for a Sunday after Epiphany (Twelfth Night), as noted in the right margin. This sermon or one inspired by it might have been read during the prayer services or mass of the canons and monks attached to Durham cathedral. It could have been translated into English to be read to the laity during church services.