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Historiated Initial With St. Isidore, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory

Historiated Initial With St. Isidore, In A Volume Containing The 'Sentences' Of St. Isidore, And Two Abridgements Of The 'Moralia' Of St. Gregory

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 F.x

Item number: f.3r

Length: 28.2

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory the Great's 'Moralia In Job' was a hugely important medieval text, but is also extremely long: it was typically bound in three or more large volumes. Several authors therefore composed shorter versions of it, two of which are contained in this manuscript. It has been shown to have belonged to Ramsey Abbey: a flyleaf contains a list of manuscripts, including this one, and some which are known to have been at Ramsey; another flyleaf bears the ownership inscription of Ranulph, Abbot of Ramsey (1274-1298). The volume opens with a text by St. Isidore (c.560-636), bishop of Seville, illustrated with a historiated initial 'U', doubtless intended to represent Isidore himself, despite the fact that he is dressed as a 13th-century bishop and does not have a halo.

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