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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By St. John Chrysostom And St. Anselm

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By St. John Chrysostom And St. Anselm

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Additional MS 17511

Item number: f.2r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The remains of the Cistercian Abbey of Holme Cultram now form part of the parish church of Abbeytown, between Silloth and Wigton, in Cumberland. Such abbeys each tried to build up a library of the works by recognised Church authorities, such as St. John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople (died 409), and St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury (died 1109). The first work in the volume is St. John Chrysostom's Homilies (sermons) on the Psalms, introduced by a rubric and a decorated initial 'P'. The inscription 'Liber xlvi' (i.e. The 46th book) in the top margin is a Holme Cultram library mark.

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