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Historiated Initial With The Adoration Of the Magi, In A Brigittine Breviary

Historiated Initial With The Adoration Of the Magi, In A Brigittine Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1420

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 A.xiv

Item number: f.36v

Length: 18.8

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Order of St. Saviour--more commonly known as the Brigittine Order--was founded in 1346 by St. Brigit (Birgitta) of Sweden (d. 1375). The Order soon spread across Europe, and in 1415 Henry V laid the foundation-stone of the only English Brigittine monastery, at Syon House, Isleworth. All English Brigittine manuscripts, including this one, therefore, come from Syon. In the initial 'O' the Three Wise Men come to adore the Christ Child.

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