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Inscriptions Including A Press-Mark, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Inscriptions Including A Press-Mark, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 D.vii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 37.3

Width: 24.1

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 the Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was commissioned by Raymond, prior of St Albans Abbey from 1195-1214. The left column of text added to this flyleaf concerns the discovery in 1371 of a marble slab, and its verse inscription concerning a prophecy of Merlin, which incorporates a double acrostic naming the monk Roger Horte. In the right-hand column is a large 'B' enclosing the number '8' and the abbreviated Latin word for 'shelf': this indicates that the manuscript was kept in cupboard B on shelf 8, at in the library at St. Albans. The inscription below mentions 'W[illiam de Trumpington,] abbot [1215-35]'.

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