The Bristol Psalter

Description

This pocket-sized (105 x 85 mm) 11th-century manuscript contains the Greek text of the Psalms followed by the biblical Odes. It is an example of a group of manuscripts known as ‘marginal psalters’, so called because the margins are lavishly decorated with images related to the text of the Psalms. Many of these images depict scenes from the life of Christ, and in so doing link the words of the Old Testament to the Christian message of the Gospels.

The manuscript is bound in a 16th-century Byzantine-style cover with thick wooden boards. Unfortunately, when the manuscript was bound in this volume, the pages were trimmed to fit it, and several illuminations, located close to the edges, are no longer complete.

The volume was discovered in the possession of Western College in Bristol in 1921. The British Museum purchased it in 1923.

Full title:
The Bristol Psalter
Published:
11th century
Created:
11th century
Format:
Illuminated manuscript / Manuscript
Usage terms:
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK
Held by:
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 40731

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