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Decorated Initial, In Jerome's 'Illustrious Men' And Other Patristic Works f.1r

Decorated Initial, In Jerome's 'Illustrious Men' And Other Patristic Works f.1r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 B.viii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 28.4

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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In about the years 392-3 St. Jerome wrote a work 'Concerning Illustrious Men', consisting of short biographies of Christian writers, with lists of their works. After Jerome's death other writers provided continuations. These and similar works are gathered together in this volume, whose original back pastedown is inscribed with the ownership inscription 'of the church of St. Peter, Westminster', i.e. Westminster Abbey. The volume opens with a prologue to Jerome's treatise. It is clear from the space he left, that the rubricator expected the artist to supply a slightly differently shaped decorated initial.

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