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Decorated Initial, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica f.16r

Decorated Initial, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica f.16r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.iii

Item number: f.16r

Length: 27

Width: 37

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Comestor (i.e. Peter the Eater, a nickname given to him because of his voracious appetite for knowledge) wrote the 'Historia Scholastica' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was written for the Benedictine nunnery of the Virgin Mary and St. Helen, Elstow (Bedfordshire). The start of the biblical book of Exodus is marked by a decorated initial 'S'.

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