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Illuminated Initials And Penwork, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Illuminated Initials And Penwork, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 C.i

Item number: f.53v

Length: 31.9

Width: 19.4

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. The initials 'L' and 'F' are relatively plain, but the appearance of the page is dramatically altered by the red and blue penwork flourishes that extend up and down from them.

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