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Description of the Manuscripts
Period II. The Middle Hildebaldian Period.
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simple arrangements of dots and commas. Initials are often mere outlines filled in with lines of various kinds (some suggesting the fading-out of Merovingian animal patterns) as in Period 1, but they are frequently colored. There are the usual conventionalized plaited patterns and others of a more natural type. There are solid black initials, sometimes outlined in red, sometimes with flourishing finials (occasionally forked or finials decorated at the ends with dots and a comma or leaves. Finally, there are Merovingian patterns, with heads of men as well as of animals, painted in red, yellow and slate blue. Small incidental initials (uncials usually, rarely Irish uncials) are occasionally conventionalized and given elaborate finials.1
Church: No. 8, St. Jerome's Commentaries on Micah, Habakkuk and Zephania, No. 13, St. Jerome's Commentaries on amos (last part), Jonah, Zechariah and Malachia, and No. 12, St. Augustine, De Doctrina Christiana and Contra Manicheos. Two evidence a curiosity, and no doubt a pride, in distinguished Popes: No. 9, Selected Letters of Gregory the Great, and No. 11, Gesta Pontificum Romanorum. One (No. 7) contains various writings of Alcuin and of Bede. Two more are collections of canons, the first (No. 10) the so-called "Dionysio-Hadrianea", the second (No. 14) the "Dacheriana". The last (No. 6, Computistical treatises) indicates that the study of the calendar was still as lively as ever.