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The Stephen Harding Bible (18)


The Judith initial from the Stephen Harding Bible.
© Bibliothéque Municipal, Dijon
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The Judith initial from Stephen Harding's Bible.


The Stephen Harding Bible was the first work produced by the scriptorium of the New Monastery, later called Cîteaux. It was originally in two volumes, but now survives in four and is preserved in the Bibliothèque Municipale, Dijon (MSS 12-15). The first of the two volumes was completed in 1109, or at least the manuscript was written, if not illuminated by that date; the second volume is undated and very different in character. It includes the David Cycle (MS 14), a series of highly decorated miniatures illustrating the life of David.
The Bible is today valued for its fine illuminations.

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