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Arabesque Initial, In Peter The Chanter's 'Treatise On The Castigation Of Vices And Commendation Of Virtues'

Arabesque Initial, In Peter The Chanter's 'Treatise On The Castigation Of Vices And Commendation Of Virtues'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Additional MS 35180

Item number: f.3r

Length: 329

Width: 226

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter, the Chanter of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, died in 1197 on his way from Paris to Rheims at the Cistercian Abbey of Longpont. He wrote a number of biblical commentaries, and this work, usually known as the 'Verbum abbreviatum' from its opening words, but also sometimes found under a Latin title meaning 'Treatise On The Castigation Of Vices And Commendation Of Virtues'. This manuscript has a medieval inscription stating that it belonged to the Cistercian abbey at Byland in Yorkshire, and the text opens with a decorated initial typical of the style found in manuscripts from Yorkshire Cistercian houses.

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