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Decorated Initial To The Lord's Prayer, In 'The Goda Gospels'

Decorated Initial To The Lord's Prayer, In 'The Goda Gospels'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1050

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 D.iii

Item number: f.23v

Length: 32

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This copy of the Four Gospels belonged to and was probably written for Goda (c.1009-1055), sister of King Edward the Confessor, as is shown by an added ownership inscription of Rochester Cathedral, which states that it had been hers. It was written by two scribes and the decoration was never completed, which may suggest that it was produced in haste. The Lord's Prayer (also know as the 'Our Father', from its opening words in English, or as the 'Pater noster', from its opening words in Latin) occurs in the Bible within the Gospel of Matthew: here it is given a large decorated initial 'P' followed by a line of display capitals.

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