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Decorated Initials At The Start Of The Hours Of The Virgin, In A Psalter-Hours

Decorated Initials At The Start Of The Hours Of The Virgin, In A Psalter-Hours

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21927

Item number: f.101v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Decuman, a saint who appears relatively rarely in manuscripts, occurs in the Litany of this manuscript, and it is probably on that basis that it has been attributed to Muchelney (a few miles from Langport, in Somerset). Decuman is absent from the calendar, however, and other entries (such as an emphasis on St. Cuthbert) suggest an origin in the north of England. The Hours of the Virgin was to become the dominant text in personal books of devotion by the 15th century, but was very rare in the 12th century, when this manuscript was written.

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