St Augustine (b. 354, d. 430) dedicated nearly 30 years of his life to complete his 15-book treatise De Trinitate (On the Trinity), in which he explores the resemblance between God and man and the ultimate role played by faith. St Augustine was one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the Middle Ages, shaping the practice of biblical study.
The scribe Antonius (fl. c. 1060) produced this manuscript copy of De Trinitate in the Norman abbey of Fécamp. This work was later owned by the French nobleman and book collector Jean Bigot (b. 1588, d. 1645) and entered the French royal library in 1706.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Stéphane Lecouteux
- Making manuscripts, Christian religion and belief, History and learning
Through the evidence of manuscript production Stéphane Lecouteux traces the history of Normandy and the region’s close ties with England before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.