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Pen-Drawn Inhabited Initial With A Devil Urging A Monk To Gluttony, In The Four Gospels

Pen-Drawn Inhabited Initial With A Devil Urging A Monk To Gluttony, In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 B.xi

Item number: f.6v

Length: 30.8

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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This copy of the Four Gospels has notes on the final flyleaves relating to S. Augustine's abbey, Canterbury, and the main scribe has been identified as the scribe of a number of other Canterbury books, which makes it almost certain that this manuscript was written there. At the top of this initial 'I' it appears that a devil holds a large bowl of food and is offering it to a monk. Below are a sainted monk, a naked male figure, and a half-human, half-beast demon.

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