Saint Anselm. Various treatises
147 f. 254 x 160 mm.
Bibliothèque municipale de Rouen, ms. 539 ( A 366)
folio 59, the Monologium of Saint Anselm begins with a superb
historiated initial. The saint is seated on a throne in the form of an X,
between two monks, one of whom is presenting him a scroll and the other a
book. He is wearing the pallium, reserved for popes and bishops. This
detail enables the execution of the letter to be dated at after 1093, when the
abbot of Bec, the author, was appointed to the seat of bishop in Canterbury.
The refined features of the work mean that it can be attributed with some
certainty to Hugo Pictor.