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Beatus Page With Illuminated Initial, In A Bilingual Psalter

Beatus Page With Illuminated Initial, In A Bilingual Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 230

Item number: f.7r

Length: 25.7

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A French translation has been written between the lines of the main Latin text of this Psalter. Such a bilingual manuscript might have been intended for an English cleric who knew Latin but not French, or for a novice from a Norman family who knew French but did not yet know Latin. It was probably made at Peterborough for use at the nearby abbey at Crowland. This Beatus initial contains exceptionally lush, fleshy, foliage within spiralling stems. The French version of the text appears in the right margin, and has been copied between the lines of the main Latin text as well.

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