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Historiated Easter Tables With St. Benedict(?) And Two Monks, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Historiated Easter Tables With St. Benedict(?) And Two Monks, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1020

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.10r

Length: 29.1

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript is named after Eadui Basan, one of the most accomplished scribes of the 11th century. He was a monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, and wrote a number of books apparently destined for other monasteries, as well as books and documents for his own. In addition to having some of the most beautiful handwriting of Anglo-Saxon England, he may have been a skilled artist, responsible, for example, for the miniature in the present manuscript. The central figure at the top of this page is pointing to an open book with his left hand; the gesture of his right hand, shared by the other two monks, may indicate that they are debating with one another. By comparison with another similar composition, it has been suggested that this represents St. Benedict, perhaps expounding his 'Monastic Rule' to the monks.

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