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The Vision Of St. Eustace, And The Loss Of His Sons, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

The Vision Of St. Eustace, And The Loss Of His Sons, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21926

Item number: f.14v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Psalter is named after one of its owners, John Grandisson, who was bishop of Exeter from 1327 until his death in 1369. It was adapted for his use, having originally been made for someone who perhaps lived in the area of Chichester. While out hunting one day, a Roman pagan named Placidus had a vision of Christ Crucified, between the antlers of a beautiful deer. As a result, he converted to Christianity, and changed his name to Eustace. The second scene shows the fate that befell his sons: coming to a swift river one day, he carried one across, and while returning for the other, both were snatched by wild animals.

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