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Decorated Initial And Ownership Note, In Paterius, Commentary On The Old And New Testaments f.1r

Decorated Initial And Ownership Note, In Paterius, Commentary On The Old And New Testaments f.1r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.vi

Item number: f.1r

Length: 35

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Paterius (who died in 604 or 606) was a Roman monk and notary under Pope Gregory the Great. At the pope's request, he made a compilation of excerpts from Gregory's works, and arranged them in biblical order, to form a sort of commentary on the scriptures. This copy was written at the Augustinian abbey of St. Mary's, Cirencester. The start of the prologue has a fine ochre decorated initial 'D' filled with red, blue, and green foliate ornament. In the top margin is the 15th(?)-century ownership note 'Cirencestrie'.

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