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Decorated Initials And Colour-Note, In Paulus Orosius's 'The Seven Books Of History Against The Pagans' f.2v

Decorated Initials And Colour-Note, In Paulus Orosius's 'The Seven Books Of History Against The Pagans' f.2v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 C.viii

Item number: f.2v

Length: 32.9

Width: 21.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

At the suggestion of St. Augustine, Paulus Orosius, wrote the first universal Christian history, finishing it in 418. It is divided into seven books: the first covers the period from the Creation and the Flood to the founding of Rome, and much of the remainder concentrates on Rome. This manuscript (which also contains others historical works) was probably written at, and certainly owned by, the Cistercian abbey at Rievaulx, Yorkshire. The main text is introduced by a large elegant initial 'P', in thickly applied blue pigment, with subtle detailing in a pale yellow. Just to the left of the initial is the colour-note 'a', a guide to the decorator to use blue (azure). Elsewhere 'R' is used for red (rouge) and 'V' for green (vert), indicating that the colour-notes are in French.

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