12th Century

Taken from a manuscript in the Royal Library of the British Museum, under the mark 1 C VII., containing the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, in the Vulgate version, with St. Jerome's prologues, and attributed by Sir Frederic Madden to the middle of the 12th century. We may look with much satisfaction upon this manuscript, since it demonstrates how free and graceful a style of ornament may be associated, with strict archaeological propriety, with the cumbrous, but well-balanced forms of contemporary Norman architecture.

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