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ST ALBAN'S PSALTER ILLUMINATED CODEX - ULTRA RARE FACSIMILE
1129. ***Copy of photos, personal formats, graphics, or text is prohibited. Ebay may drop listings with infractions. I review content regularly. Verlag Muller und Schindler ST Alban's Psalter Description: Thought to be the most popular text of the middle ages, the St Alban's Psalter (a psalter is a collection of psalms) is critically unique and historically important for many reasons. For one, it was created for a woman and thus features female characters from the bible more prominently than other illuminated manuscripts. Christina of Markyate was a woman from a wealthy Anglo-Saxon family that decided at a very young age to dedicate her life to God. She fled from an arranged marriage to a hermitage near Markyate, befriending her ultimate mentor the Abbot of St Alban, Geoffrey de Gorham. It is believed he commissioned the work from his abbey for Christina. Created circa 1129-1139, St Alban's Psalter represents the important transition/experimentation, and marriage, of the earlier Byzantine and Ottonian styles with the emerging Anglo-Saxon style. You can tell these illuminations are quite Romanesque compared to the later French ornates you might see in the Tres Riches Heures for example (I also have that facsimile but will not likely sell it). Indeed, the miniatures painted by the Alexis Master for this psalter are considered some of the greatest examples of English Romanesque painting. In addition to 150 Latin plalms (Gallican version), the St Alban's Psalter also included - a liturgical calendar; a diptich illustrating the martyrdom of St Alban and David the musician; a let … [Click Below for Full Description]
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