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Abandoned Waste-Leaf, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons'

Abandoned Waste-Leaf, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 D.xxii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 27.4

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Not much is known about St. Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450) except that he was born and died in Imola (Italy), and was Archbishop of Ravenna from 433 to 449. Over 170 sermons are attributed to his authorship, of which this manuscript contains 76; it is perhaps therefore the first volume of a two-volume set. It is probably written by the same scribe as British Library, Royal MS. 6 C.viii, which comes from the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, in Yorkshire. This leaf provides a rare insight into medieval book-production: it contains the start of the text, with three words erased at various points, but the other side has been left blank, and the space left for an initial has not been filled in: clearly this leaf was abandoned for some reason, and the text was re-written on the following leaf, which is now the start of the book.

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