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Illuminated Initial, In A Volume Of Robert Grosseteste's Works

Illuminated Initial, In A Volume Of Robert Grosseteste's Works

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1410

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 E.v

Item number: f.211r

Length: 42.4

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Robert Grosseteste (b. c.1175) Bishop of Lincoln (1135-1153) was 'one of the most learned men of the Middle Ages'. His writings, on a variety of subjects, including theology and science, are voluminous -- this manuscript contains about 30 separate works. On the flyleaves are a copy of an agreement between the Prior of St. Mary's, Merton, in south-west London, and the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford, and an ownership inscription of Merton Priory. This page has the end of one work and the start of another, marked with a large illuminated initial 'S' and a partial border, running the height of the written areas and spreading out into the upper and lower margins. A leaf signature 'c' (though it looks more like a modern 't') is visible in the lower left corner of the leaf.

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