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Arabesque Initial, In The Venerable Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People' f.4v

Arabesque Initial, In The Venerable Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People' f.4v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Additional MS 25014

Item number: f.4v

Length: 29.5-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 19.5-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (c.672-735) finished writing his 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People' in 731; it is an historical account of Christianity in England down to his own lifetime. It has been called 'the foundation of all our knowledge of British history and a masterpiece eulogised by the scholars of every age'. This manuscript was owned by the Cistercian monastery of Newminster, Morpeth (about 15 miles north of Newcastle), and the monochrome blue, red, or green 'arabesque' initials are typical of manuscripts made in northern English Cistercian foundations. This initial 'B' marks the end of the tales of chapters, and the start of Book I of the main text.

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