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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury f.75r

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury f.75r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.iv

Item number: f.75r

Length: 37.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John of Salisbury (c.1115-1180) was an exceptionally well-educated and well-connected historian and philosopher, who knew King Henry II, Thomas Becket, and Pope Adrian IV intimately. He dedicated his most important writings to Becket, and witnessed his martyrdom in 1170. The present manuscript of his collected works was written at the abbey of St. Albans. Although the vellum used is not of the very highest quality (note the hole near the top of the right-hand column, as well as the flaws lower down and in the margins) the decoration of the initial 'N' could hardly be finer.

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