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The Athanasian Creed, With Old English Translation, In 'The Leofric Psalter

The Athanasian Creed, With Old English Translation, In 'The Leofric Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1060

Shelfmark: Harley MS 863

Item number: f.108r

Length: 28.7

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The main scribes of this Psalter have been identified in other manuscripts made for Leofric, bishop of Exeter from 1046 to 1072. Like those manuscripts, this one was probably given by him to the cathedral. Following the psalms are, as usual collects, creeds, and a litany of saints. This page shows the end of the Gloria and start of the Athanasian Creed (which begins 'Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith . . .'). For some unknown reason a neat scribe has written an interlinear Old English translation of the Creed, on this page and overleaf, but he gave up before reaching the end of the Creed.

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