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Coloured Initials, In Florus The Deacon's Commentary On St. Paul's Epistle To The Romans

Coloured Initials, In Florus The Deacon's Commentary On St. Paul's Epistle To The Romans

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1120

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 C.iv

Item number: f.67r

Length: 37

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Florus, deacon of Lyons (d. 860), was one of many early medieval authors to write commentaries on biblical books. In this manuscript the sources from which he draws his comments are marked in the margins. The decoration and script page are typical of manuscripts produced at Rochester c.1110-1130. This page shows the regular three-colour alternation of initials (purple, red, green); the 'S'- or '7'-like marginal marks which indicate quotations from the biblical text; drypoint ruling; prickings in upper and lower margins.

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