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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Jerome f.32r

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Jerome f.32r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 D.vi

Item number: f.32r

Length: 37.7

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Jerome (c.340-420) is most famous, as a writer, for having made a new translation of the Bible (the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament), into Latin, which was used throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, and was the basis for many translations into modern languages. This manuscript was written at the Cistercian Abbey of Coggeshall, in Essex. This striking initial 'P' introduces the prologue to Jerome's Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. The vellum tab stuck to the fore-edge helps readers find the start of the text.

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