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Decorated Initial And Incipit, In Gregory The Great's Register Of Letters

Decorated Initial And Incipit, In Gregory The Great's Register Of Letters

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 C.ii

Item number: f.19v

Length: 34.3

Width: 21.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory 'the Great' (c.540-604) was pope from 590 to 604 (responsible for sending St. Augustine to convert Britain to Christianity), and one of the 'Four Latin Doctors [teachers] of the Church'. About 850 of his letters survive in the papal register of his correspondence, which provide detailed insights into current affairs. This manuscript was owned by the 14th century by the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds, and had probably been written there. The letters are arranged chronologically, and divided into 14 books; this initial 'M' marks the start of Book II. Although the initial itself is executed in just one colour, the rest of the word (Monasterium) is ornamented in red and an unusual shade of green.

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