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Marginal Corrections, In A Volume Of Paul The Deacon's 'Roman History' And Other Historical And Theological Works

Marginal Corrections, In A Volume Of Paul The Deacon's 'Roman History' And Other Historical And Theological Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 C.iv

Item number: f.75v

Length: 31.5

Width: 22.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Paul The Deacon (720-797?) wrote historical and other works which were widely read in the Middle Ages. Extending Eutropius's 4th-century Roman history, he created an updated version, to the time of the emperor Justinian (died 565). This manuscript is one of only three--all now in the British Library--which are known to have survived from the library of the Carmelite convent at Lincoln. This page illustrates well the extent to which a text might be corrected after it was first written: a 14th-century reader has noted about 25 errors, and indicated where the corrections should go by means of a series of symbols made up of dots, lines, and a crescent. This page is from a work on Old Testament history.

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