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Decorated Initial, In Thomas Netter's 'Doctrine Of The Faith'

Decorated Initial, In Thomas Netter's 'Doctrine Of The Faith'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1445

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 G.x

Item number: f.73r

Length: 37

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Thomas Netter (c.1375-1430) of [Saffron] Walden, was a Carmelite opponent of Wyclif and the Lollards, who held various posts before becoming confessor to Henry V. His main surviving written work is his 'Doctrine Of The Faith', an anti-Lollard treatise. This manuscript was given for the use of St. Albans monks studying at Gloucester College, Oxford, by John Wheathamstead (d.1464), between his resignation as abbot of St. Albans in 1440, and his re-election in 1451. The end of the first book and start of the second is marked by this initial 'B' in red and blue, with blue and red penwork flourishing.

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