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The Arundel Psalter

The Arundel Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1099

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 60

Item number: f.149v

Length: 30.1

Width: 19.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Probably made at Winchester, although it is not certain by or for which religious house there, the Arundel Psalter seems to have been a personal prayerbook. Throughout the middle ages, the Psalter was used for church services and as a personal prayerbook. Individualistic choices of saints for its calendar as well as Old English glosses on the Latin text suggest this one was made for private prayer. Blank pages at the beginning or end of a book or sections of it were often used to fill in additional texts seen as useful for the book's user(s)). On the last page of the Arundel Psalter, the names of the bishops of the west Saxons were written using both Latin and Old English.

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