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Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In A Brigittine Breviary

Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In A Brigittine Breviary

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1420

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 A.xiv

Item number: f.159v

Length: 18.8

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Order of St. Saviour--more commonly known as the Brigittine Order--was founded in 1346 by St. Brigit (Birgitta) of Sweden (d. 1375). The Order soon spread across Europe, and in 1415 Henry V laid the foundation-stone of the only English Brigittine monastery, at Syon House, Isleworth. All English Brigittine manuscripts, including this one, therefore, come from Syon. The initial 'D' to Psalm 109 is, as often found in English manuscripts, illustrated with a depiction of God the Father and God the Son seated next to one another, based on the opening of the Psalm: 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou at my right hand'

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