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  • M6358 Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, in Latin with occasional words in Greek, decorated manuscript on parchment[probably France, c. 1320. 

Small cutting, with remains of 26 lines from a single column in squat angular script (with II, 21 of the text), ruled in dark ink, remnant of a single red rubric, a 2-line initial in red with turquoise-blue penwork, text trimmed away on upper, outer and lower edges, some small scuffs and stains, overall 145 by 49mm.

No other encyclopedic text in the Western world has had anything like the impact of that written by Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636). He was part of the intellectual renaissance in the seventh-century Visigothic court, and was notably close to King Sigebut (c. 565-620/1), to whom the first version of this work was dedicated. It has been suggested that he composed it as a form of summa for his recently-civilised barbarian masters, but it quickly found other more conventional readers in mainland Europe and became the most widely consulted scientific reference work of the Middle Ages. It survives today in nearly a thousand manuscripts (Barney et al., Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, 2006, p.24), and by 800AD. copies of it could be found in all the cultural centres of Europe
  • M6358 Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, in Latin with occasional words in Greek, decorated manuscript on parchment[probably France, c. 1320. 

Small cutting, with remains of 26 lines from a single column in squat angular script (with II, 21 of the text), ruled in dark ink, remnant of a single red rubric, a 2-line initial in red with turquoise-blue penwork, text trimmed away on upper, outer and lower edges, some small scuffs and stains, overall 145 by 49mm.

No other encyclopedic text in the Western world has had anything like the impact of that written by Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636). He was part of the intellectual renaissance in the seventh-century Visigothic court, and was notably close to King Sigebut (c. 565-620/1), to whom the first version of this work was dedicated. It has been suggested that he composed it as a form of summa for his recently-civilised barbarian masters, but it quickly found other more conventional readers in mainland Europe and became the most widely consulted scientific reference work of the Middle Ages. It survives today in nearly a thousand manuscripts (Barney et al., Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, 2006, p.24), and by 800AD. copies of it could be found in all the cultural centres of Europe

M6358 Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, in Latin with occasional words in Greek, decorated manuscript on parchment[probably France, c. 1320.

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M6358 Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, in Latin with occasional words in Greek, decorated manuscript on parchment[probably France, c. 1320. 

Small cutting, with remains of 26 lines from a single column in squat angular script (with II, 21 of the text), ruled in dark ink, remnant of a single red rubric, a 2-line initial in red with turquoise-blue penwork, text trimmed away on upper, outer and lower edges, some small scuffs and stains, overall 145 by 49mm.

No other encyclopedic text in the Western world has had anything like the impact of that written by Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636). He was part of the intellectual renaissance in the seventh-century Visigothic court, and was notably close to King Sigebut (c. 565-620/1), to whom the first version of this work was dedicated. It has been suggested that he composed it as a form of summa for his recently-civilised barbarian masters, but it quickly found other more conventional readers in mainland Europe and became the most widely consulted scientific reference work of the Middle Ages. It survives today in nearly a thousand manuscripts (Barney et al., Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, 2006, p.24), and by 800AD. copies of it could be found in all the cultural centres of Europe

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