This Bible is important for two reasons. First, it is beautifully written and signed by its English scribe, William of Devon, which is rare in the 13th century. Second, the illumination represents the first clear example of a wave of French (primarily Parisian) influence that played an important part in the development of English art from about the 1260s onwards. This influence manifested itself both in terms of style (for example the adoption of so-called 'broad fold' draperies), and iconography: the Psalm initials in the present Bible are almost entirely dependent on French rather than English traditions. These historiated initials 'D' and 'D' introduce Psalms 50 and 51. The identity of the soldier in the first initial is uncertain; the imagery of the second is typical in French Psalters, and is inspired by the opening words of the Psalm: 'The fool said in his heart: There is no God'.