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Historiated Initial, In Thomas Netter's 'Doctrine Of The Faith'

Historiated Initial, In Thomas Netter's 'Doctrine Of The Faith'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1445

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 G.x

Item number: f.2r

Length: 37

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Thomas Netter (c.1375-1430) of [Saffron] Walden, was a Carmelite opponent of Wyclif and the Lollards, who held various posts before becoming confessor to Henry V. His main surviving written work is his 'Doctrine Of The Faith', an anti-Lollard treatise. This manuscript was given for the use of St. Albans monks studying at Gloucester College, Oxford, by John Wheathamstead (d.1464), between his resignation as abbot of St. Albans in 1440, and his re-election in 1451. This text is a scholarly one, and its decoration is therefore not lavish: the most elaborate initial is this 'M', on the first page. The Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) in the upper roundel and the Eagle symbol of St. John the Evangelist in the lower one, are a hallmark of manuscripts commissioned by Wheathamstead.

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