The British Library has in its care many delightful illuminated manuscripts. One of my all time favourites in their collection is the Smithfield Decretals with its wonderful caricatures of medieval life. Today’s selection are all about The Sinful Hermit.
All pictures above are from Raymund of Peñafort’s Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the ‘Smithfield Decretals’) (France, Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century), © British Library Board.
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