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Arabesque Initial, In St. Augustine's City Of God

Arabesque Initial, In St. Augustine's City Of God

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 D.vii

Item number: f.1v

Length: 39.5

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo in North Africa (354-430) began The City of God in 413, but did not finish it until about 426. It is one of the most important of his many writings, and was in part intended as a rebuttal to those who attributed the Fall of Rome in 410 to the abolition of pagan worship. Marginalia in this volume links it to a number of other manuscripts that seem to have belonged in the Middle Ages to Bath Abbey. The first page of the main text has a heading in green and blue display capitals, and an elaborate arabesque red initial 'G'.

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