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Flourished Puzzle Initial, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Flourished Puzzle Initial, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 C.i

Item number: f.144r

Length: 32.2

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Comestor (i.e. Peter 'the Eater', a nickname given to him because of his voracious appetite for knowledge) wrote the 'Scholastic History' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was owned by the library of Rochester Cathedral in the Middle Ages. Very different from most of the other large initials in this volume is this un-illuminated initial 'A', which introduces the section on the Acts of the Apostles. It may be that it was executed by the scribe before he wrote this section, because the column of text following the initial is narrower than that above, due to the initial.

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