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Decorated Initial, In A Volume of Works By St. Fulgentius

Decorated Initial, In A Volume of Works By St. Fulgentius

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1045

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 A.v

Item number: f.106v

Length: 27.7

Width: 16.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This volume contains several works composed by St. Fulgentius (468-533), an African bishop. It belonged to the abbey of Lobbes in Belgium, as shown by the fact that it contains at the end a list of the books in the library of the abbey, dated 1049, as well as a 12th-century note at the front recording a number of books which were saved from a fire. By the 15th century, however, the manuscript was at Durham Cathedral, as shown by the library press-mark. This page shows elements typical of 11th-century manuscripts: the initial 'O' is of simple design; the rubric is written partly in rustic capitals, and partly in caroline script; the main text is written in a single column of caroline script; prickings are visible at the edge of the leaf.

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