Pope Gregory the Great (d. 604) is one of the Latin Doctors of the Church. Amongst his many influential works is a commentary on the Old Testament book of Job, which survives in some 1,500 medieval manuscripts. This manuscript is one of the earliest surviving copies, made only about a century after St Gregory’s death, possibly in Laon during a period of Merovingian rule.
The Merovingians were a dynasty that ruled over the Franks in the territory similar to Roman Gaul from the time of Merovech (or Merovich), by tradition the father of Childeric I (d. 481) and grandfather of Clovis I (d. 511).
The decoration of Merovingian manuscripts is distinctive. It features a limited palette of brown, green and yellow, and the use of zoomorphic initials – where animals form all or part of the letter.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Jesse Keskiaho
- Making manuscripts, Christian religion and belief
From the Bible to works of the Church Fathers, Jesse Keskiaho outlines the many ways writers and scribes used navigational tools to guide the reader in early medieval manuscripts.
- Article by:
- Charlotte Denoël
- Art and illumination, Christian religion and belief, Making manuscripts
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