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Drawing Of St. Aldhelm, In His 'In Praise Of Virginity'

Drawing Of St. Aldhelm, In His 'In Praise Of Virginity'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.xi

Item number: f.2v

Length: 21.5

Width: 13.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Aldhelm (c.639-709), Abbot of Malmesbury and Bishop of Sherborne, wrote 'In Praise Of Virginity' for the abbess and nuns of Barking Abbey; it is likely that some of his relatives were nuns there. The manuscript was written and decorated at Christ Church, Canterbury, however; the original decoration includes a typical Anglo-Saxon Canterbury style of interlace and biting animal- and bird-heads. On a formerly blank flyleaf a later artist has added this drawing of St. Aldhelm, dressed as a bishop, standing (or sitting?) before a lectern on which a book is open at the opening words of his treatise.

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