Item No: mcai650411
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial E with St. John the Baptist
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1430-1440.
This initial begins the first antiphon of Lauds for the feast of St. John the Baptist (June 24), "Elisabeth Zacharie magnum virum genuit johannem baptistam precursorem domini" (Elizabeth [the wife] of Zachary, gave birth to a great man, John the Baptist, the precursor of Christ).
Lewis E M 65:1-78 were once thought to have come from a single manuscript associated with the Cistercian monastery at Zwettl in Austria. It has been determined, however, that the leaves are from a number of separate manuscripts and were likely produced by a team of scribes and artists at the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery at Melk.
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Lewis E M 65:1-78