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Ownership Inscription And Decorated Initial, In Isidore's 'Three Books Of Sentences'

Ownership Inscription And Decorated Initial, In Isidore's 'Three Books Of Sentences'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1115

Shelfmark: Royal MS 11 B.vii

Item number: f.2v

Length: 25.9

Width: 16.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Isidore (c.560-636) was bishop of Seville, and perhaps the most learned man of his age, and author of numerous works. The 'Three Books of Sentences' is a compendium of moral and dogmatic theology, drawn largely from the writings of St. Gregory the Great and St. Augustine. Several inscriptions show that this manuscript was owned by the Cluniac abbey of St. Saviour's, Bermondsey, a short distance south-east of the Tower of London. In the upper margin of the first page of the main text is inscribed 'Saynt Savyours'; elsewhere in the manuscript 14th-century inscriptions are more specific referring to 'Bermonsey, near the city of London': 'Iste liber est de Bermundesey iuxta civitate London.' (ff. 43r, 71r). On a flyleaf the library pressmark, 'Grad. B', has been erased.

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