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Marginal Annotation By Matthew Paris, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Marginal Annotation By Matthew Paris, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1205

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 D.vii

Item number: f.32r

Length: 37.5

Width: 24.1

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 'Scholastic History' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from the Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was commissioned by Raymond, prior of St Albans Abbey from 1195-1214. One of the interesting features of this manuscript is that it has been annotated by Matthew Paris, who became a monk at the Benedictine abbey at St. Albans in 1217, and became the abbey chronicler in 1236. He was active until shortly before his death in 1259. His handwriting is very distinctive, and can be recognised in the rubric in the middle of the right-hand margin.

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