Historiated Initial With A Bust Of St. Bercthun (?), In Folcard's 'Life Of St. John Of Beverley'
St. John (d.721) of Beverley was bishop of Hexham from 687, and York from 703, who took an active interest in teaching: among his many pupils were the Venerable Bede. He founded the monastery of Beverley, and in 718 he retired there from York. He was canonised in 1037, perhaps within the lifetime of Folcard, an 11th-century monk of Canterbury, who also acted as abbot of Thorney. This manuscript of Folcard's account of St. John's life was certainly owned by Beverley Minster in the Middle Ages.
This initial 'U' introduces a section about St. Bercthun, one of St. John's pupils, who became the first abbot of Beverley.