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Fine Penwork Initials, In A Volume Of Paul The Deacon's 'Roman History' And Other Historical And Theological Works

Fine Penwork Initials, In A Volume Of Paul The Deacon's 'Roman History' And Other Historical And Theological Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 C.iv

Item number: f.138r

Length: 31.5

Width: 22.61

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Paul The Deacon (720-797?) wrote historical and other works which were widely read in the Middle Ages. Extending Eutropius's 4th-century Roman history, he created an updated version, to the time of the emperor Justinian (died 565). This manuscript is one of only three--all now in the British Library--which are known to have survived from the library of the Carmelite convent at Lincoln. The penwork of these initials 'I' and 'A' incorporate at least five faces in profile. This page begins a 'Booklet On Remedies For The Soul'. The book itself follows a table of contents.

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