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Illuminated Initials, In Peter Lombard, Commentary On The Pauline Epistles f.3r

Illuminated Initials, In Peter Lombard, Commentary On The Pauline Epistles f.3r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 E.viii

Item number: f.3r

Length: 43.5

Width: 30.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Lombard (born in Lombardy), was a student and then teacher in Paris, where he became archbishop shortly before his death in 1160. He wrote a number of commentaries and theological works in the 1140s-1150s, including this commentary of the New Testament letters of St. Paul, which became a standard text throughout the rest of the Middle Ages. The main text is introduced by two large overlapping illuminated initial 'P's, sharing a blue background, edged in green. In the right-hand margin in red are notes of the sources on which Peter Lombard based his commentary: they include 'Ambr[ose]', '[H]Aimo', 'Orig[en]', and the 6th-century Victor, bishop of Capua.

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