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Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.18r

Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.18r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1355

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.i*

Item number: f.18r

Length: 32.5

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Part of this psalter was formerly bound between two apparently unrelated texts in a manuscript in the Royal collection; other leaves, which were formerly used as scrap parchment in bindings in the Cotton collection, and have now been reunited with the Royal portion. The choice of saints in the Litany suggests that the psalter was made for use in the North of England, and the illumination relates to a manuscript associated with Elizabeth de Bohun, Countess of Northampton, and a church in Shrewsbury. The Psalm 52 initial 'D' contains a Fool before King David. The border includes (clockwise from upper right) Sts. Edmund, Stephen, Catherine, four prophets, Mary Magdalene, Lawrence, and a king.

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