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Historiated Initial With St. John And His Symbol, In A Glossed Gospels f.226v

Historiated Initial With St. John And His Symbol, In A Glossed Gospels f.226v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1280

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 E.vi

Item number: f.226v

Length: 43.6

Width: 29.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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. The opening of the Gospel of John is marked by a historiated initial depicting the evangelists standing above his symbol. The eagle.

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