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Abbreviated Psalms, In A Breviary

Abbreviated Psalms, In A Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 A.x

Item number: f.9v

Length: 17.5

Width: 11.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Breviary was certainly made at and for the Benedictine Abbey of St. Albans: this is shown by its liturgical contents, by the fact that the scribe has been recognised in several other St. Albans manuscripts, and by added ownership inscriptions. Though relatively modest in scale and palette, it shows the height of refinement of script and decoration achieved by the scriptorium of St. Albans in the first half of the 12th century. The text on this page is the start of the Psalms, but the scribe only wrote as much of each verse as he could fit comfortably onto a single line. The owner of this book, doubtless a monk or abbot of St. Albans, would have known the Psalms well enough that he just needed a cue for each verse, not the entire text.

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