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Historiated Initial With St. Peter, In 'The Bible Of William Of Hales'

Historiated Initial With St. Peter, In 'The Bible Of William Of Hales'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1254

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 B.xii

Item number: f.368r

Length: 30.7

Width: 19.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A colophon records that this Bible was written in 1254 by William of Hales (perhaps from Hailes, in Gloucestershire?) for Thomas de la Wile, who had been called by the chancellor of Salisbury to be in charge of the Salisbury schools. The text was copied from a 12th-century Bible still in Salisbury cathedral library. In the mid 13th century the city was an important centre of scholarship, and a number of fine illuminated manuscripts (probably produced there) can be attributed to the artist of the present manuscript, the so-called 'Sarum Master'. The initial 'P' which introduces the New Testament book of I Peter is illustrated with St. Peter himself, identifiable by the keys to the gates of heaven and the church he holds.

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