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Historiated Initial To Judges, In 'The Ashridge Petrus Comestor'

Historiated Initial To Judges, In 'The Ashridge Petrus Comestor'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1290

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 D.vi

Item number: f.104v

Length: 40

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ashridge College, a few miles north of Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire, was founded in 1283 and dedicated in 1286 by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, who was born at Berkhamstead, and who died at Ashridge in 1300. His arms are in the margin of the first page of the Gospels, and it is therefore likely that the book was commissioned by him for his foundation. The historiated initial 'L' at the start of Judges depicts Joshua on his deathbed: the first line of Joshua in the Bible is 'Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that . . .'. The marginal instruction to the illuminator, in the margin to the left of the initial, starts with the name 'Josue . . .'

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