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Decorated Initials And Colour-Note, In Paulus Orosius's 'The Seven Books Of History Against The Pagans' f.26r

Decorated Initials And Colour-Note, In Paulus Orosius's 'The Seven Books Of History Against The Pagans' f.26r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 C.viii

Item number: f.26r

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. Book III is introduced by this initial 'A', to the right of which, in the margin, is a colour note in the form of an s-like squiggle and a letter 'V' for green (vert). Elsewhere 'R' indicates red (rouge), and 'a' indicates blue (azure), which shows that the colour-notes are in French.

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