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Illuminated Initials And Feasts Of St. Albans, In The Calendar Of A Psalter

Illuminated Initials And Feasts Of St. Albans, In The Calendar Of A Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.vi

Item number: f.4v

Length: 27.6

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Mid 13th-century St. Albans is crucially important in the history of English illuminated manuscripts thanks primarily to the works of Matthew Paris, a monk of the abbey. Many manuscripts have been--probably wrongly--attributed to the abbey by comparison with Matthew's style and technique; this psalter is therefore important because its claim to be a St. Albans product (based on the calendar, litany, and early ownership by a St. Albans monk) is secure. The fourth and sixth entries in gold on this page refer to the two main saints of St. Albans Abbey: St. Alban (22 June) and St. Amphibalus (25 June). To the right of the writing in gold, each entry is marked 'prin' in blue or red ink, indicating that these are among the most important (principle) feasts.

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