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Beatus Page Of The 'Alphonso' Psalter

Beatus Page Of The 'Alphonso' Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1284

Shelfmark: Additional MS 24686

Item number: f.11r

Length: 24.1

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Heraldry on the first page of the Psalms text strongly suggests that this Psalter was commissioned by King Edward I for the marriage of his son Alphonso, to Margaret, daughter of Florent V, Count of Holland, which was to take place in 1284. Alphonso died before the wedding, however, and the decoration of the manuscript was left incomplete. Additions were made in the early 14th century, probably before 1316. The start of the Psalms has a historiated initial enclosing King David harping, and a border surrounding the text on all four sides, incorporating naturalistic birds, an image of David and Goliath, and two shields with the arms of Alphonso, son of King Edward I, and of Margaret, daughter of Florent V, Count of Holland.

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