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Decorated Initials, In A Volume Of Historical Works By William Of Malmesbury And Geoffrey Of Monmouth f.76r

Decorated Initials, In A Volume Of Historical Works By William Of Malmesbury And Geoffrey Of Monmouth f.76r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.ii

Item number: f.76r

Length: 38

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

William of Malmesbury (c.1090-1143) was a monk, historian, and librarian at Malmesbury Abbey. Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1100-1154) was a chronicler who was elected bishop of St. Asaph just before he died. This manuscript belonged to the Cistercian abbey at Margam, in Glamorgan, Wales, which was founded by in 1147 by Robert, Earl of Gloucester, to whom both William and Geoffrey dedicated their works. The initials on this page introduce the prologue and text of Book IV of William of Malmesbury's 'History of the Kings of England'. Book IV begins with the birth in Normandy of William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror.

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