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Decorated Initial, In Bede's 'Commentary On The Catholic Epistles' And 'Commentary On Tobit' f.56r

Decorated Initial, In Bede's 'Commentary On The Catholic Epistles' And 'Commentary On Tobit' f.56r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1125

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 B.iii

Item number: f.56r

Length: 28.5

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (c.672-735), wrote a number of commentaries on biblical books. In the New Testament are two groups of letters, known collectively as the Pauline Epistles (letters from St. Paul to the people of Rome, Ephesus, etc.), and the Catholic Epistles (letters written by Sts. James, Peter, John, etc.). This is the end of II Peter and the start of I John, marked by a simple, elegant, initial 'Q'. Above the marginal note is an unusual form of the common monogram made up of the letters 'N O T A' (i.e. Take note!). The book probably retains its original dimensions, and prickings are still visible in all three outer margins.

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