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Decorated Initial, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus's 'Eight Orations' f.64r

Decorated Initial, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus's 'Eight Orations' f.64r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1180

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.xxii

Item number: f.64r

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 fourth oration is introduced by an initial ''D'. It is clear that the artist has used the horizontal rulings of the page to help him achieve a symmetrical design.

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