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Penwork Initial, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Penwork Initial, In Peter Comestor's 'Scholastic History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1205

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 D.vii

Item number: f.214v

Length: 37.3

Width: 24.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Peter Comestor (i.e. Peter 'the Eater', a nickname given to him because of his voracious appetite for knowledge) wrote the 'Scholastic History' in Paris in about 1170. It is a continuous history, from the Creation until the end of the Acts of the Apostles, based mainly on the narrative books of the Bible. This copy was commissioned by Raymond, prior of St Albans Abbey from 1195-1214. Following the 'Scholastic History', which has illuminated initials, is an exposition of the allegories in the Old and New Testaments, which has only penwork initials. This 'P' introduces Book 10 of the 13-book work.

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