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Flyleaf Inscription, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury

Flyleaf Inscription, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.iv

Item number: f.1r

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. The top inscription on this flyleaf tells us that it was commissioned by Simon, abbot of St. Albans (1167-1183). The next two inscriptions are a list of contents, and in the same handwriting a detailed note recording that in 1345 the manuscript was bought by Michael, abbot of St. Albans, from the executors of Richard de Bury, bishop of Durham, to whom a number of the abbey's books had been given and sold in the hope of winning favours.

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