A marginal gloss, or commentary, on the Psalms by Peter Lombard (d. 1160) is included in this Psalter, probably made in England during the 3rd quarter of the 12th century. The volume opens with a list of Hebrew kings, accompanied by details about their reigns and associated prophets.
It is likely that the manuscript once featured an extensive programme of decoration, though only a single historiated initial C remains, containing an image of a scribe, possibly Peter Lombard himself, holding a large scroll. The Psalter was one of 21 volumes donated to the Abbey of St Augustine’s, Canterbury by a monk Ralph, the uncle of Abbot Roger I (r. 1176–1216).
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Tuija Ainonen, Kathleen Doyle
- History and learning, Christian religion and belief
Manuscripts containing commentaries on the book of Psalms were widely circulated during the medieval period. Tuija Ainonen and Kathleen Doyle examine some of these glossed volumes.