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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury f.162v

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury f.162v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.iv

Item number: f.162v

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. Most of this page is occupied by a list of the chapters of the four books of John of Salisbury's Menalogicon, and this is followed by a very fine foliate arabesque initial.

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