St Augustine’s (b. 354, d. 430) autobiographical work, the Confessions, was a key text that was widely read and studied in monasteries throughout medieval Europe. Rather than a confession in the modern sense, St Augustine in his text praised the work of God within him and expressed his regret at having led an immoral life before his conversion to Christianity.
The Confessions were known in England from the early medieval period but the earliest surviving English copies are from the 11th century. This late 11th-century volume may have been produced in the west of England, and is decorated with large initials in red and green ink.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Samu Niskanen
- Making manuscripts, History and learning
Samu Niskanen discusses the movement of manuscript texts and letter collections between England and France in the early Middle Ages.