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Chapter-List And Decorated Initial, In Rufinus's Latin Translation of Eusebius's 'Church History' f.43r

Chapter-List And Decorated Initial, In Rufinus's Latin Translation of Eusebius's 'Church History' f.43r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 B.v

Item number: f.43r

Length: 29

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In his 'Church History', Eusebius (d. 339) attempted to record the history of the Church from the time of the apostles to his own lifetime, arranged according to the reigns of the emperors. Rufinus translated it from Greek into Latin, and continued it to the year 395. It became a standard work of Church history, and was to be found in many medieval monastic libraries. This copy belonged to the abbey at St. Albans. This page contains the beginning of Book IV of the work, preceded by a numbered list of its chapters. In the top margin medieval readers wrote the book number in Roman and Arabic numerals in leadpoint, and traces of a reader's notes are also visible in the lower margin.

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