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Illuminated Initials And Ownership Inscription With Anathema, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Illuminated Initials And Ownership Inscription With Anathema, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 C.i

Item number: f.2r

Length: 31.9

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Comestor (i.e. Peter 'the Eater', a nickname given to him because of his voracious appetite for knowledge) wrote the 'Scholastic History' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was owned by the library of Rochester Cathedral in the Middle Ages. In the lower margin the inscription states that this manuscript belonged in the cloister of Rochester and had been given by Ralph of Stoke.

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