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The Suicide Of Saul, In The Initial To Psalm 51, In 'The Map Psalter'

The Suicide Of Saul, In The Initial To Psalm 51, In 'The Map Psalter'

Date: 1265

Shelfmark: Additional MS 28681

Item number: f.68r

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This Psalter is famous for, and named after, its full-page miniature of a map of the world, which is related to the famous medieval map of the world (Mappa Mundi) at Hereford cathedral. But it also has a series of full-page miniatures of the life of Christ, added late in the 13th century; historiated initials at the usual psalter divisions; and an unusual image of the Virgin and Child. The calendar and other features suggest a London/Westminster origin, and the presence of the feast of Richard of Chichester, canonised in 1262, provides the earliest possible date for the production of the book.

Saul was seriously wounded in a war against the Philistines; rather than await capture he fell on his sword to kill himself.

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