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Ownership Inscription, In Hugh of St.-Victor's 'Commentary On Dionysius The Areopagite's Treatise 'On The Heavenly Hierarchy''

Ownership Inscription, In Hugh of St.-Victor's 'Commentary On Dionysius The Areopagite's Treatise 'On The Heavenly Hierarchy''

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.v

Item number: f.2r

Length: 34.2

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Dionysius the Areopagite' was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. Little is known about him, but his writings were extremely influential in the Middle Ages. Hugh, abbot of St-Victor in Paris, wrote a commentary on his treatise on the Heavenly Hierarchy. This manuscript of Hugh's commentary was written at the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstead, in Lincolnshire. In the top right corner, between a later note of the author and title, and the Royal Library inventory number (1066) and pressmark (7.F.V.), is the 15th-century name 'Kyrkestede' (see also Royal MS. 3 D.ix). The red pigment used for the rubric and decorated initial has mostly oxidised to a silvery black.

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