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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Theological Works By St. Ephraim And Others

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Theological Works By St. Ephraim And Others

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 F.v

Item number: f.5v

Length: 28.1

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Ephraim (d. 373) of Nisbis, Mesopotamia, despite being the son of a pagan priest, became Christian and was baptised. His surviving written works are extremely numerous, many of them in verse. This manuscript belonged to the Augustinian Abbey of Bristol, as shown by several flyleaf inscriptions ('Liber sancti Augustini Bristolie'). This initial 'D' is the largest and most elaborate initial in the volume. A space has been left for a two-line rubric, which was never supplied. The other side of this leaf is blank: it is not uncommon in 12th-century manuscripts for the text to start on a verso rather than a recto.

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