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Historiated Initial With Jesse Tree, In A Glossed Gospels

Historiated Initial With Jesse Tree, In A Glossed Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1280

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 E.vi

Item number: f.1v

Length: 43.6

Width: 29.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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A cornerstone of biblical study in medieval monasteries were various commentaries on, and interpretations of, the books of the Bible. A standard gloss was developed in the 12th century, which continued to be copied in the 13th century and beyond. The present manuscript is such a manuscript, owned by the Cistercian abbey of Jervaulx by the late Middle Ages. Its luxurious high quality production suggests, however, that it was not made at the abbey, because Cistercian rules forbade such opulence. Matthew's Gospel beings with a list of Christ's ancestors, and this is given visual form by the depiction of a Jesse tree in the initial 'L'

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