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Inhabited Initial And Ownership Inscription, In Bede's 'Commentary On The Catholic Epistles' And 'Commentary On Tobit'

Inhabited Initial And Ownership Inscription, In Bede's 'Commentary On The Catholic Epistles' And 'Commentary On Tobit'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1125

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 B.iii

Item number: f.2r

Length: 28.5

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (c.672-735), wrote a number of commentaries on biblical books. In the New Testament are two groups of letters, known collectively as the Pauline Epistles (letters from St. Paul to the people of Rome, Ephesus, etc.), and the Catholic Epistles (letters written by Sts. James, Peter, John, etc.). The text opens with a fine initial 'I', inhabited by various mythical beasts set against bright coloured grounds. The inscription in the upper margin, and another more detailed one at the end of the book, record that it was the gift in 1503 of Edmund Carter, canon and former vicar [of Southwell].

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