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Inhabited Illuminated Initial, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica

Inhabited Illuminated Initial, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1192

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.iii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 27

Width: 37

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 'Historia Scholastica' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was written for the Benedictine nunnery of the Virgin Mary and St. Helen, Elstow (Bedfordshire). The volume begins with an illuminated initial 'I' the full height of the page incorporating a dragon and bearded human heads.

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