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Coloured Initials With Colour-Notes, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Ambrose

Coloured Initials With Colour-Notes, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Ambrose

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1125

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 A.xvi

Item number: f.75v

Length: 29.1

Width: 16.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Ambrose (c.340-397), bishop of Milan, was, with Sts. Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory, one of the 'Four Latin Doctors' (i.e. teachers) of the Church. In overall appearance this is a typical 12th-century monastic manuscript, though the quality of the handwriting is exceptionally fine. It is included in a catalogue of the books of Worcester cathedral priory, drawn up in the early 17th century, and had probably been there since the Middle Ages. In the margin to the left of the initial 'P' is a letter 'r' (indicating red) and next to the initial 'P' a letter 'p' (indicating purple); elsewhere in the manuscript a letter 'g' appears next to initials in green, but no such letter is visible on this page.

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