Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination fron Philadelphia Collections
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  Page from a Missal  
Missal for Rome Use
Southern Netherlands, possibly Hainault, c. 153050

Historiated Initial S with Saint Martin of Tours. Saint Martin of Tours lived in the fourth century and was considered a model of charity because he once shared his cloak with a beggar. This initial S marking the feast for Saint Martin on November 11 shows the saint about to slice his red cloak in half with a sword while a man with a wooden leg stands beside him.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 157, fol. 242

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