The Eadwine Psalter: A 12th-Century Illuminated Manuscript from Canterbury

On Art and Aesthetics

Eadwine at his desk, Wikipedia [Public Domain] I haven’t posted on one of my favourite art forms—the medieval illuminated manuscript—for quite a while, so here’s one: the Eadwine Psalter, named after the scribe and monk Eadwine of Canterbury Cathedral. This Psalter, which was put together in the middle of the 12th century, contains the Book of Psalms in three languages—Latin, Old English and Anglo-Norman.

It is supposed to be a copy of the ninth-century Utrecht Psalter, which is a masterpiece of Carolingian art (that is, art produced roughly between 780 and 900 AD, during the reign of King Charlemagne and his immediate successors).

The Eadwine Psalter: Text, Image, and Monastic Culture in Twelfth-century edited by Margaret T. Gibson, T. A. Heslop, Richard William Pfaff (1992, Penn State Press)

Much of the Eadwine Psalter is today kept at Trinity College, Cambridge. Other pages from the manuscript—containing scenes from Old and New…

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