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Decorated Initial, In Peter Of Waltham's 'Source Book Of Self-Discipline' 67r

Decorated Initial, In Peter Of Waltham's 'Source Book Of Self-Discipline' 67r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7.a.VII

Item number: 67r

Length: 24.7

Width: 17.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Peter of Waltham was an archdeacon of London, about whom little is know except that he died around 1196. His one surviving work is a sort of summary of the vastly longer 'Moralia In Job' by St. Gregory the Great. This copy was owned in the Middle Ages by the Benedictine priory of St. Felix, Felixstowe, in Suffolk, which was a cell of Rochester Priory.

The start of Book VI, part I, is introduced by an initial 'E' filled with simple foliate motifs. The rubrics in the right-hand margin show which parts of the 'Moralia in Job' are being summarised: next to the initial is 'Libro xvii Moralia' (Book XVII of the Moralia), below this is 'Libro xx . . .' and 'Libro xvii . . .'. The notes in brown ink reference other sources.

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