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The Harley Psalter

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521096768

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  • This is a fascinating study of the making of the Harley Psalter, an illustrated manuscript which was produced at Christ Church, Canterbury, over a period of about 100 years, from c. 1020 to c. 1130. The Harley Psalter was closely based on the Utrecht Psalter, the most celebrated of all Carolingian illuminated manuscripts. Through meticulous observation of the Harley Psalter, William Noel analyses how the artists and scribes worked with each other and with their manuscript exemplars in making their illustrated text. The author demonstrates that this work is best understood not as a copy of the Utrecht Psalter, but rather as one of a series of Anglo-Saxon manuscript experiments that incorporated its imagery. This is a crucial work for understanding the development of art, script and book making during what has been termed the 'golden age' of Anglo-Saxon art.

    • An interdisciplinary study that sheds new light on the artists and scribes in a medieval scriptorium
    • A valuable study of one of the greatest achievements of Anglo-Saxon art in the century before the Norman Conquest
    • Meticulous observation of over seventy drawings demonstrates the development of art, script and book making
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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521096768
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 83 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Note on the Psalm texts
    Introduction
    1. Quires ruled by the artists
    2. Quires ruled by the scribes
    3. The origin and dates of the Harley Psalter
    4. Four perspectives on the making of the Harley Psalter
    5. Reading the Utrecht and Harley Psalters c. 1000– c. 1150
    Conclusion
    Appendix I: The Harley Psalter: a tabulated description
    Appendix II: The Utrecht and Harley Psalters: parallel collations
    Select bibliography
    Indices.

  • Author

    William Noel, University of Cambridge

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