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Zoomorphic Initial To The Lord's Prayer, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Zoomorphic Initial To The Lord's Prayer, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.19r

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris. The initial at the bottom of this page introduces the Lord's Prayer, which begins: 'P(ate)r n(oste) qui es in celis . . .' (Our Father, who art in heaven . . .). This page also has unusually dense marginal glosses, filling three sides of the page.

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