Saint-Augustine. Commentary on the
Saint-Evroul, 11th - 12th cent.
165 f. 340 x 235 mm.
Bibliothèque municipale de Rouen, ms. 456 ( A 19)
letter B placed at the beginning of the text in the first folio is one of
finest creations of the scriptorium in Saint-Evroul. The scenes
decorating it are taken from several episodes of the life of king David. In
the centre of vertical shaft of the B, the king dressed in his royal garb and
crowned, is playing the harp. At the extremities of the shaft, at the top is a
character blowing a horn, and at the bottom a character brandishing a sword,
accompanying him. In the upper bulge of the letter, David is fighting a lion
whose jaws he is holding open; in the bottom bulge, David is confronting
Goliath who is represented in the attire of a Norman warrior. The two scenes
unfold in the midst of foliage fronds, in the manner of the Norman
illuminators. The colours are dotted with white in the background.