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Colophon, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica, etc.

Colophon, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica, etc.

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.iii

Item number: f.196v

Length: 37

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Comestor (i.e. Peter the Eater, a nickname given to him because of his voracious appetite for knowledge) wrote the 'Historia Scholastica' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. At the end of the text is a colophon recording that it was written for C[ecily] de Chanville, abbess of the Benedictine nunnery of the Virgin Mary and St. Helen, Elstow (Bedfordshire), in the third year after the coronation of King Richard (i.e. 1191-2): 'Scriptus est liber iste anno tertio coronationis Regis Ricardi, quem scribere fecit C. de Chanuill . . . abbatissa beate Marie de Helenestow . . . '

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