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Decorated Penwork Initial, In A Volume Containing Isidore Of Seville's 'Sentences' And Other Works

Decorated Penwork Initial, In A Volume Containing Isidore Of Seville's 'Sentences' And Other Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1170

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.iv

Item number: f.87v

Length: 19.8

Width: 12.5

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. This initial introduces a treatise attributed to St. Basil, Bishop of Cappadocia.

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