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Historiated Initial With The 'Agnus Dei', In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others f.139v

Historiated Initial With The 'Agnus Dei', In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others f.139v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 C.v

Item number: f.139v

Length: 32.9

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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.

This historiated initial marks the start of the 'Confessions' of St. Augustine, a work written in about the year 400, in which he describes his early life as a sinner, and his later conversion to Christianity. It shows the 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God), a common medieval symbol representing a variety of ideas related to Christ's death, offering himself like a sacrificial lamb.

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