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Illuminated Initial And Borders, In An Anonymous Commentary On Boethius's 'The Consolation Of Philosophy' f.2r

Illuminated Initial And Borders, In An Anonymous Commentary On Boethius's 'The Consolation Of Philosophy' f.2r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1390

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 B.iii

Item number: f.2r

Length: 23.6

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Boethius (c.480-c.525), the most learned Roman of his time, can be though of as an author who represents the transition from the late Classical world to the early medieval world. His 'Consolation of Philosophy', written while he was imprisoned and awaiting trial and execution, is in the form of a dialogue between the author and a female personification of Philosophy. Although it was probably made in France, an erased flyleaf inscription suggests that this manuscript probably belonged to King's College, Cambridge, by the end of the Middle Ages. The blank shield in the lower margin suggests that the manuscript was produced in a commercial workshop; this would allow the eventual purchaser to have his heraldry inserted to 'personalise' the book.

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