Header from recto of page. Header from verso of page.
This leaf has the typical running headers in alternating red and blue letters which indicate, in abbreviated form, the book of the Bible.
  Chapter numbers from the recto and verso of the leaf.
The typical alternating red and blue colour scheme is continued with the delicate penwork intials and the chapter numbers. These form locating guides for the text which are essentially letter based rather than pictorial.
Initials from the recto and verso of the leaf.
Bible, c.1260. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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Medieval Writing
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