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Illuminated Initial To Book XI Of Guy of Castris's 'Collection Of Lives Of Saints'

Illuminated Initial To Book XI Of Guy of Castris's 'Collection Of Lives Of Saints'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.ix

Item number: f.239v

Length: 39.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Guy of Castris was Abbot of St. Denis (1326-1342), outside Paris. He arranged his collection of saints' lives in 14 books: the first 12 are for the months of the Church year, and the last two contain additions, and the major Church festivals. This copy has an inscription stating that it was given by John Whethamstede, Abbot of St. Albans (1420-1440 and 1452-1464), to Redbourne Priory, a cell of the Abbey. This initial 'P' containing a lion's face introduces Book XI, covering November. In the margin to the right is an abbreviation of 'Omnium sanctorum': All Saints (1 Nov. is All Saints Day). In the lower margin is a catchword and a note that the text of the gathering has been corrected.

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