Zoomorphic Interlace Initial, In A Volume Of Miscellaneous Prose And Verse Theological Texts(011ADD000020512U00048000)
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
This manuscript is a compendium of well over a hundred different texts, most of which were composed earlier than the 12th century. The style of its handwriting has been recognised as that of Uilliam Mac an Lega, one of the most prolific scribes of the second half of the 15th century, and it has additions by his son, which suggests that it was written for Uilliam's own use, and remained in his family for a period. Later owners include the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond, and it remained in Ireland until the 19th century.
This elaborate initial 'C' introduces a list of Irish saints and virgins who share the same name, such as numerous different saints each called Aidan, Columba, Colman, and so on.