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Decorated Initials, In Geoffrey Of Ufford's Miscellaneous Compilation Of Texts

Decorated Initials, In Geoffrey Of Ufford's Miscellaneous Compilation Of Texts

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1260

Shelfmark: Stowe MS 57

Item number: f.48v

Length: 29

Width: 17

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Almost nothing is known about Geoffrey of Ufford, and this appears to be the sole surviving copy of his compilation. The only clues are his name (there are two places called Ufford, both in East Anglia: one near Peterborough, the other near Woodbridge in Suffolk); one of the texts is a chronicle which ends with the coronation of King Henry II in 1154, and which gives emphasis to events relating to Thorney, Peterborough, Ramsey, etc.. Taken together, the evidence suggests that the work was composed in the area of Peterborough in or soon after 1154. There is very little figure decoration in this manuscript, but one example is the human head in profile at the base of the blue initial 'P' on this page. Also interesting as an unusual feature of book-manufacture are the prickings along the left-hand edge of the leaf: it is clear that the pricks were made with a three-pointed tool.

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