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Historiated initial With The Ascension Of Elijah, In The Old Testament Books Of Josua To Kings

Historiated initial With The Ascension Of Elijah, In The Old Testament Books Of Josua To Kings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1120

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 C.vii

Item number: f.154v

Length: 38.5

Width: 24.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although it does not have the usual Rochester ownership inscription, the script and decoration of this manuscript are both typical of Rochester manuscripts during their great period of book production in the early 12th century. It appears in the catalogues of the library of Rochester cathedral which were drawn up c.1122/3 and c.1202. This initial 'P' illustrates II Kings 2:11: "behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire . . . and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven"

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