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Litany Of Peterborough, In A Bilingual Psalter

Litany Of Peterborough, In A Bilingual Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 230

Item number: f.158r

Length: 25.8

Width: 16.1

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. Several Peterborough saints are present in the litany, including Cyniburg, Cyneswith, and Tibba: on this page St. Peter is written in capitals, and has a double invocation, as does St. Oswald, founder of the abbey at Ramsey, a little way south of Peterborough.

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