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Decorated Initial And Ownership Inscription, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus' 'Eight Orations'

Decorated Initial And Ownership Inscription, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus' 'Eight Orations'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1180

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.xxii

Item number: f.4r

Length: 23.8

Width: 15.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c.325-389) wrote three types of work: poetical (including epigrams, epitaphs, and epistles), prose epistles, and orations. Gregory is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest of all Christian orators. His orations were collected in various combinations, and were fairly commonly found in monastic libraries. This manuscript has ownership inscriptions of the Cistercian Abbey of Byland, in Yorkshire. The first page of the prologue has an elegant initial 'P', and in the top margin is the inscription 'Liber sancte Marie de Bellalanda': the book of St. Mary's, Byland.

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