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The Start Of The Prologue Of Peter Lombard's 'Sentences'

The Start Of The Prologue Of Peter Lombard's 'Sentences'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1310

Shelfmark: Additional MS 18899

Item number: f.5r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Of the writings of Peter Lombard (born in Lombardy c.1100, died as archbishop of Paris in 1160) the most famous was his Sentences, a systematic compendium of theology in four books. On a flyleaf of this manuscript is a 14th/15th-century inscription stating that this manuscript was given to the Gilbertine priory of St. Edmund, Cambridge, by Master John Hanworth, while another inscription records its presentation from Christopher Anstey to H. Yate, of St. John's College, Oxford, in 1775. This is the start of the text. The relatively simple decorated initial, the small script, and the wide margins are all typical of books made for academic study in universities. A 14th-century owner has made a number of notes in the margins and between the lines of the text.

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