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Illuminated Initials And Scribal Corrections, In Peter Lombard, Commentary On The Pauline Epistles

Illuminated Initials And Scribal Corrections, In Peter Lombard, Commentary On The Pauline Epistles

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 E.viii

Item number: f.74r

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 start of the commentary on the biblical book of Corinthians has two large initial 'P's, sharing a blue background. The original scribe must have accidentally omitted a large amount of text when copying the list of chapters, which precedes the initials: he has had to erase his text and re-write it much smaller than the main text, in an effort to squeeze it in to the available space.

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