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Decorated Initial, In Isidore's 'Three Books Of Sentences' f.24r

Decorated Initial, In Isidore's 'Three Books Of Sentences' f.24r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1115

Shelfmark: Royal MS 11 B.vii

Item number: f.24r

Length: 25.9

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Isidore (c.560-636) was bishop of Seville, and perhaps the most learned man of his age, and author of numerous works. The 'Three Books of Sentences' is a compendium of moral and dogmatic theology, drawn largely from the writings of St. Gregory the Great and St. Augustine. Several inscriptions show that this manuscript was owned by the Cluniac abbey of St. Saviour's, Bermondsey, a short distance south-east of the Tower of London. This initial marks the start of Book II of the text. Close inspection reveals a pin-prick in the centre of the initial, showing that the outer circle was achieved by using a compass.

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