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Inhabited Initial, In Roger of Salisbury's 'Polycraticus' f.2v

Inhabited Initial, In Roger of Salisbury's 'Polycraticus' f.2v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 F.viii

Item number: f.2v

Length: 28.8

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John of Salisbury (c.1115-1180) was a distinguished philosopher and historian. He spent several years at the papal court, becoming acquainted with popes, princes, and kings, including Henry II and Thomas Becket, whose murder he witnessed in 1170. He wrote the 'Polycraticus', which deals with philosophy and learning, in 1159, and dedicated it to Becket. This copy belonged to the cell of Rochester Cathedral at Walton, just outside Felixstowe. The main text is introduced by this initial 'I', formed of criss-crossing foliage tendrils, issuing from a dragon's mouth.

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