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Decorated Initials, In A Commentary On The Rule Of St. Benedict f.27v

Decorated Initials, In A Commentary On The Rule Of St. Benedict f.27v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1170

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 A.xiii

Item number: f.27v

Length: 24

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. After the Commentary on the prologue is a list of chapters in the Rule, and then the Commentary on the Rule itself, starting on this page with a discussion of the different kinds on monk.

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