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Decorated Initials, In A Commentary On The Rule Of St. Benedict f.3r

Decorated Initials, In A Commentary On The Rule Of St. Benedict f.3r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1170

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 A.xiii

Item number: f.3r

Length: 24.4

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A flyleaf inscription attributes this Commentary to St. Dunstan, archbishop of Canterbury (d.988), probably because it is copied from a 10th-century exemplar which he annotated and corrected. Dunstan is also depicted as the author in a full-page miniature, which has been extracted from the volume and is now kept separately. The first page of the text consists of a prologue with a decorated initial 'C', and the start of the commentary on the prologue, whose first word, 'Obsculta', is written in blue and has a large decorated initial.

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