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Litany In A Psalter, In A Miscellany Of Texts In French

Litany In A Psalter, In A Miscellany Of Texts In French

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Harley MS 273

Item number: f.58r

Length: 21.5

Width: 12.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

A calendar which precedes the other texts includes the dedication of the church of St. Lawrence, Ludlow (the largest parish church in Shropshire); the manuscript was undoubtedly made for use in the parish. It contains a variety of texts, all in French but not all religious--one concerns how a lord or lady show manage their estates, another gives rules for ensuring love and friendship-- which suggests that the book may was owned by a wealthy layperson, rather than a cleric.

A litany is a list of names of saints, which a devout person reads to ask for their help. Each column on this page has the saint's name to the left, followed by a space and an abbreviation of the word 'priez' (pray [for me]). The hybrid creature in the lower right margin is contemporary with the manuscript, and serves no obvious purpose.

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