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Historiated Initial And Borders, In Henry of Segusio's Commentary On Books I And II Of The Decretals Of Pope Gregory IX

Historiated Initial And Borders, In Henry of Segusio's Commentary On Books I And II Of The Decretals Of Pope Gregory IX

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1340

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 E.vii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 46.5

Width: 30.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Henry of Segusio (d. 1271) studied law at the University of Bologna, and taught it at the University of Paris. He became Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia in 1261, from which derives his common name 'Hostiensis'. His most important writings are commentaries on the Decretals of Popes Gregory IX and Innocent IV. This finely illuminated copy has an ownership inscription and anathema of St. Albans Abbey, as well as the arms of abbey on the first page: it was therefore almost certainly made at St. Albans. In the initial 'A' a seated figure--probably Pope Gregory IX--issues a decretal with a green pendant seal depicting a face, to two cardinals. In the lower border a kneeling monk prays towards St. Alban, who holds the arms of the abbey.

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