Historiated Initial With The 'Agnus Dei', In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others f.2r
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
This volume contains a variety of texts by or attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), Alexander Nequam (1157-1217), and others. 14th-century flyleaf inscriptions show that it was owned in the Middle Ages by the Gilbertine Priory at Sempringham, the foundation house of the Gilbertine order, founded by St. Gilbert in 1130.
The first page of the first text is ornamented with a historiated initial depicting the 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God), which also appears elsewhere in the manuscript. The added inscriptions in the top right corner relate to the manuscript's post-medieval history as part of the Royal library.