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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Ambrose

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Ambrose

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1125

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 A.xvi

Item number: f.1r

Length: 28.9

Width: 17.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Ambrose (c.340-397), bishop of Milan, was, with Sts. Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory, one of the 'Four Latin Doctors' (i.e. teachers) of the Church. In overall appearance this is a typical 12th-century monastic manuscript, though the quality of the handwriting is exceptionally fine. It is included in a catalogue of the books of Worcester cathedral priory, drawn up in the early 17th century, and had probably been there since the Middle Ages. The text opens with a large initial 'P', whose contours were carefully allowed for by the scribe.

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