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Ownership Inscriptions, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury

Ownership Inscriptions, In A Volume Of The Works Of John Of Salisbury

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.iv

Item number: f.2r

Length: 37.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John of Salisbury (c.1115-1180) was an exceptionally well-educated and well-connected historian and philosopher, who knew King Henry II, Thomas Becket, and Pope Adrian IV intimately. He dedicated his most important writings to Becket, and witnessed his martyrdom in 1170. The present manuscript of his collected works was written at the abbey of St. Albans. By comparison with other manuscripts it is evident that the red smudge across the upper margin is an erased St. Albans ownership inscription. The illuminated initial shows a number of features typical of the later 12th century, including the outer green framing line, the so-called 'white lion' quadrupeds, and the triple dots on the background.

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