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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory f.45r

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory f.45r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 F.x

Item number: f.45r

Length: 28.2

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory the Great's 'Moralia In Job' was a hugely important medieval text, but is also extremely long: it was typically bound in three or more large volumes. Several authors therefore composed shorter versions of it, two of which are contained in this manuscript. It has been shown to have belonged to Ramsey Abbey: a flyleaf contains a list of manuscripts, including this one, and some which are known to have been at Ramsey; another flyleaf bears the ownership inscription of Ranulph, Abbot of Ramsey (1274-1298). The first abridgement of Gregory's 'Moralia' is preceded by a prologue in the form of a letter from its compiler, Adalbert of Metz (d. c.980). The initial 'R' is decorated in a style typically found in Benedictine manuscripts of the 13th century.

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