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March, In A Norwich Psalter

March, In A Norwich Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3950

Item number: f.3r

Length: 30

Width: 20.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This psalter is not of the most deluxe type--it has no gold or representational imagery, for example--but it is fairly typical of the high quality manuscripts that would have existed in their thousands in English churches before the Reformation. The Calendar and Litany show that it was made for use at Norwich: the litany includes local saints such as William (a twelve year old boy, supposedly murdered by Jews), and the calendar commemorates many of the cathedral priory's bishops and priors. St. William of Norwich appears on this page in brown ink at 26 March. The entries in red include Prior William of Kirkby (9 March), Bishop William Ayermin (27 March).

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