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The Start Of Matthew, In 'The Goda Gospels'

The Start Of Matthew, In 'The Goda Gospels'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1050

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 D.iii

Item number: f.17v

Length: 32

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This copy of the Four Gospels belonged to and was probably written for Goda (c.1009-1055), sister of King Edward the Confessor, as is shown by an added ownership inscription of Rochester Cathedral, which states that it had been hers. It was written by two scribes and the decoration was never completed, which may suggest that it was produced in haste. The use of alternating lines of orange and red display square capitals, used here for the opening words of Matthew's Gospel, is unusual.

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