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Preparatory Sketch, Ownership Inscription, And Class-Mark, In Gregory The Great's Register Of Letters

Preparatory Sketch, Ownership Inscription, And Class-Mark, In Gregory The Great's Register Of Letters

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 C.ii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 33.4

Width: 22.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory 'the Great' (c.540-604) was pope from 590 to 604 (responsible for sending St. Augustine to convert Britain to Christianity), and one of the 'Four Latin Doctors [teachers] of the Church'. About 850 of his letters survive in the papal register of his correspondence, which provide detailed insights into current affairs. This manuscript was owned by the 14th century by the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds, and had probably been written there. Despite the red British Museum stamp, a pencil sketch of foliate ornament is visible within the green initial 'U'. In the upper margin is an inscription stating that the book was kept in the book-cupboard in the cloister, and to the right of this the class-mark '.G.16' (the 'G' is for Gregory).

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