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Illuminated And Decorated Initials, In 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Illuminated And Decorated Initials, In 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 46487

Item number: f.56r

Length: 27.2

Width: 17

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although popularly known as the Sherborne Cartulary, this manuscripts contains much more than just copies of charters relating to Sherborne. Of about 90 leaves, the last 50 or so contain mainly liturgical and biblical texts such as the accounts of the Passion from each of the Four Gospels, and Gospel readings and prayers to be said on major Church feast-days. The contents of the cartulary section, however, leave no doubt that the manuscript was written for Sherborne Abbey, in Dorset. This page contains the end of St. John's Gospel account of Christ's Passion, followed, with an illuminated initial 'I', by the biblical reading for Christmas Eve, taken from Matthew chapter 1, which concerns the lead-up to Christ's Nativity.

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