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Illuminated Initial To Leviticus, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Illuminated Initial To Leviticus, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1205

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 D.vii

Item number: f.45v

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 arrangement of the text is similar to the Bible, treating each biblical book in turn. This page has the end of the narrative derived from Exodus, and the start of Leviticus.

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