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Decorated Initial To Psalm 26, In A Commentary On The Psalms

Decorated Initial To Psalm 26, In A Commentary On The Psalms

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 B.xi

Item number: f.37r

Length: 30

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Psalms was the single most important Old Testament biblical book in a monastic community: psalms formed part of almost every service and mass, every day. It is therefore natural that the Psalms received special attention from medieval commentators, and several commentaries on the Psalms were written in the 12th century. This copy of a very rare text comes from the Benedictine abbey at Ramsey, about 10 miles north of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. The initial 'D' marks the start of Psalm 26: interspersed with the commentary, the words of the biblical text are underlined in red. At the bottom of the left-hand margin the scribe made a small embellishment to a letter 'M'.

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