The second of a two-volume set, this book contains the Old Testament Book of Job. It also includes part of St Gregory the Great’s (b. c. 540, d. 604) commentary on Job, followed by notes made by Lanfranc (b. c. 1010, d. 1089) of the abbey of Bec in Normandy, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070. The manuscript features colourful narrative or decorative initials, such as Job on the dunghill, a knight piercing a dragon and an eagle. In the lower margin of one of the pages is an inscription stating that the book was donated to the library of Rochester Cathedral priory by Ralph d’Escures, Bishop of Rochester (r. 11084–1114) and later Archbishop of Canterbury.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- 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.