The Sherborne Missal - Pages 29 and 30
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Feasts of St. Baltidis and St. Wulsin, Pages 412 and 397
These pages come from the final part of the missal, the Sanctorale, containing
the prayers to be said on saints' days. The saint is often characterised by a
lively 'portrait' miniature, such as the one on the left-hand page depicting
St. Baltidis, the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon slave girl who married King Clovis
II of Gaul (part of modern-day France). This particular aspect of the illuminator's
craft was developing into the art of the portrait miniature in this period.
The other page contains the feast of the local saint, Wulsin, who introduced the Benedictine Order to Sherborne in 998.