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Illuminated Initial, In A Psalter f.111v

Illuminated Initial, In A Psalter f.111v

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.vi

Item number: f.111v

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. This initial 'D' introduces Psalm 109 in the Vulgate version: Dixit dominus domino meo . . . (The Lord said unto my Lord . . .).

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