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Decorated Initial, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons' f.18v

Decorated Initial, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons' f.18v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 D.xxii

Item number: f.18v

Length: 27.3

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Not much is known about St. Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450) except that he was born and died in Imola (Italy), and was Archbishop of Ravenna from 433 to 449. Over 170 sermons are attributed to his authorship, of which this manuscript contains 76; it is perhaps therefore the first volume of a two-volume set. It is probably written by the same scribe as British Library, Royal MS. 6 C.viii, which comes from the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, in Yorkshire. The proportions of this initial 'P' are unusual, with a relatively small bow and a relatively large shaft, but it can be paralleled in another manuscript from Rievaulx which seems to have been written by the same scribe. This increases the likelihood that the scribe was also the decorator of both books.

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