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Arabesque Initial, In Gervase of Chichester's 'Commentary On Malachi'

Arabesque Initial, In Gervase of Chichester's 'Commentary On Malachi'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 B.x

Item number: f.2r

Length: 30.5

Width: 19.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Gervase of Chichester (c.1141-c.1210), a monk of Canterbury, was ordained by Thomas Becket, and was one of those that buried Thomas after his martyrdom. This manuscript of the Commentary on the Old Testament biblical book of Malachi is the only known copy of the text, and is therefore presumably the copy known to have been in the library of Gloucester Cathedral by the end of the Middle Ages. The main text is introduced by an 'arabesque' initial 'U'.

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