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Decorated Initials, In Isidore's 'Etymologies'

Decorated Initials, In Isidore's 'Etymologies'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 F.iv

Item number: f.128r

Length: 28.3

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Isidore of Seville (599-636) wrote probably the most famous and important encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages, the 'Etymologies', named after one of its constituent chapters. It is a compilation of all the knowledge that was available to Isidore, from a wide variety of sources. This manuscript has a 13th- or 14th-century flyleaf inscription stating that it belonged to the priory at Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk. On this page the initials 'M' and 'A' introduces sections concerning the physical world, starting with a passage on the world, and followed by one on atoms.

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