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Illuminated Initial, In Glossed Books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy f.1v

Illuminated Initial, In Glossed Books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy f.1v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 C.ix

Item number: f.1v

Length: 36.5

Width: 25.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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During the course of the 12th century a series of standard glosses (interpretations) were compiled for each book of the Bible, and these became standard texts in monastic libraries all across Europe. This volume contains the Old Testament books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, each with their gloss. This copy was apparently given to the cathedral priory of Rochester by Ralph de Ros, who was prior in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This initial 'U' introduces Leviticus. The biblical text is in larger script, with glosses in smaller script to either side and between the lines.

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