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The First Page Of The Text, In St. Basil's 'Rule For Monks'

The First Page Of The Text, In St. Basil's 'Rule For Monks'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Additional MS 62129

Item number: f.1r

Length: 18.7

Width: 13.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Basil (c.329-379), bishop of Caesaria, was a staunch defender of the Eastern Church in the 4th century, and has been described as 'among the greatest figures in church history'. He wrote his 'Rule' as a series of guidelines for the moral conduct of monks. This manuscript has the ownership inscription of the Cistercian abbey at Fountains, in Yorkshire, and its binding matches those of other manuscripts from the abbey. The start of the first text in a manuscript usually receives the most lavish decoration in the whole volume. The extremely simple and plain red initial 'U' with which this volume starts is in accordance with the ideals of the Cistercians for whom it was written.

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