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Illuminated Initial, In Guibert of Tournai's 'Quiver' f.2r

Illuminated Initial, In Guibert of Tournai's 'Quiver' f.2r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1295

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 E.vi

Item number: f.2r

Length: 21.7

Width: 14.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The 'Pharetra' (Quiver) was probably written by the Franciscan friar Guibert of Tournai (d.1270), although it is often attributed to the more famous contemporary Franciscan, St. Bonaventura (1221-1274). It is a collection of quotations from various authorities, primarily St. Gregory, but also St. Bernard, St. Anselm, and the Venerable Bede, among others. It was probably written as a handy--and portable--summary of their writings, suitable for a mendicant friar to use as a portable reference to mine when composing sermons on the go. This manuscript has an ownership inscription of Spalding Priory, in Lincolnshire, on a flyleaf. Following a prologue and list of chapters in Book I, the main text is introduced by an illuminated initial 'G' (for Gregorius) containing a dragon-like creature.

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