This collection of three works by the leading theologian of the early Church, St Augustine of Hippo (b. 354, d. 430), was copied at the abbey of Cluny. The scribe has been identified as Majolus, the abbot (r. 956–994), and later saint. Majolus noted that a missing section from one of the texts, the Liber de vera religion (Book of True Religion) in the example he was using has been added at the end. He must have found another copy and used it to complete his work. The manuscript features colourful, knotwork decoration initials in yellow, green and imitation silver.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- Decorated volume of St Augustine’s writings
- 2nd half of the 10th century, Cluny
- St Augustine of Hippo
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Add MS 11873
- Article by:
- Chantry Westwell
- Christian religion and belief, History and learning
The writings of the Church Fathers formed the central core of books copied and owned by medieval monasteries after the Bible. Chantry Westwell provides an introduction to these formative works of the early Christian Church and to the manuscript copies produced.