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Coloured Initials, In A Breviary

Coloured Initials, In A Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 A.x

Item number: f.50r

Length: 17.5

Width: 11.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Breviary was certainly made at and for the Benedictine Abbey of St. Albans: this is shown by its liturgical contents, by the fact that the scribe has been recognised in several other St. Albans manuscripts, and by added ownership inscriptions. Though relatively modest in scale and palette, it shows the height of refinement of script and decoration achieved by the scriptorium of St. Albans in the first half of the 12th century. This page is a good example of the beautifully regular script of one of the most important of the many scribes who worked at St. Albans in the 12th century, dubbed by one scholar 'The St. Albans Calligrapher'.

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