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Decorated Initial And Wax Seal, In A Volume Containing Miscellaneous Texts Including Works By Walter Of Châtillon And Cicero

Decorated Initial And Wax Seal, In A Volume Containing Miscellaneous Texts Including Works By Walter Of Châtillon And Cicero

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 A.x

Item number: f.4r

Length: 18.1

Width: 11.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

By the 13th century this collection of miscellaneous texts, which includes tracts on liturgical symbolism and on the calendar, and various theological notes, belonged to the Benedictine abbey of the Virgin and St. Botulf at Thorney, a few miles north-east of Peterborough. This is shown by an ownership inscription at the beginning, and a fragment of the mortuary roll of Ralph, Abbot of Thorney (d. 1216), which used to be at the end. The start of Walter of Châtillon's 'Alexandreis' has a relatively simple red and blue initial 'G'. In the lower right corner is a red wax seal bearing the impression of a three-masted ship; the same seal occurs in many of the manuscripts in the British Library's Royal collection, but it is not certain who added them, or why.

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