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Decorated initial, In St. Augustine's 'Enchiridon' (Handbook)

Decorated initial, In St. Augustine's 'Enchiridon' (Handbook)

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1125

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 A.xi

Item number: f.3r

Length: 22.8

Width: 14

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Augustine (354-430) was asked by a pious Roman called Laurence to provide him with a handbook of Christian doctrine, summarising his theological writings. He responded by writing the 'Enchiridion', a handbook in the form of brief answers to various questions on Faith, Hope, and Love. This copy of the text was owned by St. Peter's Abbey, Gloucester, in the Middle Ages. The start of the text has a fairly modest initial 'D' in red and green inks and another red ink that has oxidised to a silvery-black colour. The same ink has been used for the rubric which, because the scribe did not allow enough space, has been partly written down the right-hand side of the text.

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