Once part of a complete Bible, this manuscript belonged in the middle ages to the Franciscan convent (Greyfriars) in Canterbury. It has the standard set of explanatory texts (glossa ordinaria) written in the specialized page design which allowed sections of explanation to be placed next the relevant part of the text. Another set of explanations by a different compiler is written between the lines (interlinear gloss). In this specialised graphic design, the Bible text is written with large letters, the gloss in small, to express a hierarchy of the most authoritative text and the commentary on it. The layout and the glosses were mainly for students of theology and theologians. It was a way of maintaining a correct or orthodox body of explanation.
This page has the beginning of Genesis and its glosses. The biblical text is emphasised by its large script and the large first letter 'I', which bears a series of pictures of Creation and the Fall. In the outer margins around the gloss, further notes have been written by readers.