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Inhabited Initial, In St. Augustine's Commentary On Psalm 51-101

Inhabited Initial, In St. Augustine's Commentary On Psalm 51-101

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 D.v

Item number: f.7r

Length: 43

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo in North Africa (354-430) wrote a commentary on all 150 Psalms, but the work is so long that it is usually divided into three volumes, containing Psalms 1-50, 51-100, and 101-150. This is the third volume of such a three-volume set. Marginalia written by the same scribe as marginalia in other manuscripts probably owned in the Middle Ages by Bath Abbey, make it likely that this volume comes from there too. The large blue initial 'E' which marks the start of the commentary of Psalm 101 is enmeshed in foliage occupied by a bird and two lions(?), against a ground of green and yellow.

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