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Illuminated Initials And Marginal Notes, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Illuminated Initials And Marginal Notes, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1220

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 C.i

Item number: f.122r

Length: 31.7

Width: 19.8

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. A page such as this exemplifies the use of this text for study purposes: at least two or three different readers have added extensive notes in the margins and between the lines of writing. Heavy use is also indicated by the general dirtiness of the page, and by the marks caused by drips of candle-wax.

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