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Ownership Inscription, Illuminated Initial, And Borders, In William Of Ockham's 'Dialogue'

Ownership Inscription, Illuminated Initial, And Borders, In William Of Ockham's 'Dialogue'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.xii

Item number: ff.1v-2r

Length: 47

Width: 33.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

William of Ockham (c.1285-1349) was a writer and philosopher born near Ockham, in Surrey, whose thinking and writing is considered to have laid the groundwork for modern scientific inquiry. His most famous idea is known as 'Ockham's Razor', which states that the simplest or most obvious explanation of several competing ones is the one that should be preferred until it is proven wrong. He was noted for his insistence on observation as a tool for testing reality. This manuscript has the arms of William Grey, Bishop of Ely (1454-1478), and an inscription recording his gift of it to Balliol College, Oxford. The ownership inscription on the left records Grey's gift to Balliol, while his arms are in the lower border of the facing page.

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