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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Containing Isidore Of Seville's 'Sentences' And Other Works f.50r

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Containing Isidore Of Seville's 'Sentences' And Other Works f.50r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1170

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.iv

Item number: f.50r

Length: 19.5

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Isidore (c.560-636), bishop of Seville was a prolific writer, perhaps his most famous work being the encyclopaedic 'Etymologies'. His 'Sentences' are a compilation of theological excerpts, arranged in three books, drawn mostly from St. Gregory the Great and St. Augustine. An inscription on a flyleaf suggests that this manuscript was perhaps owned during the Middle Ages by the Franciscan convent in Bristol. The start of Book III of the 'Sentences' has an initial 'D', five lines high, in blue, filled with ornament primarily in red and green. In the outer margin a vellum tab has been sewn in as a marker, making it easier for a reader to find this page.

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