St. Alban's Psalter

One of my favorite styles of manuscript…. Anglo Saxon Art

One of my favorite styles of manuscript…. Anglo Saxon Art

The blog A Clerk of Oxford posted today about one of my favorite style of manuscript.  The manuscript is the Benedictional of St. Æthelwold, one of the last surviving Winchester-style manuscripts of 10th-century Anglo-Saxon mastery.  St. Æthelwold ‘s is one of the earliest of this style of manuscript.

St. AEthelwold

Image from the Benediction of St. AEthelwold

The Gospel Book known as MS M.708 held in the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York is another such example. The so-called Grimbald Gospel at the British Library has a few good full-page illuminations, too.

Morgan MS M708

Image from Morgan MS M708

One of my favorites is the Arundel Psalter, also at the British Library.  I used this image as the basis for Mistress Hertha of Froggestowe’s peerage scroll, long long ago. More recently, I based the Cross of Calontir scroll for H.L. Johann Steinarrson on this page, as well.

Arundel Psalter

Initial B from the Arundel Psalter

Calon Cross

Cross of Calontir Scroll done for HL Johann Steinarrson by Aidan Cocrinn, OL. Photo (c) Holly Cochran 2017.

Other favorites from the era include the Hunterian Psalter dating to approximately 1170 CE and the St. Alban’s Psalter, from about 1130 CE.



Hunterian Psalter.

Initial B from the Hunterian Psalter. Notice the similarities – and differences to the one previous.

St. Alban's Psalter

St Alban’s Psalter B – again, differences and similarities, but still the same time period. Also, a good view of the style of calligraphy during the time period.

Certainly there are more from this era, mainly fragments and parcels due to their age. However, my SCA persona being 10th – 11th Century Irish, I can’t help but feel a soft spot for these treasures.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pretty pictures. I also hope you give the Clerk of Oxford blog a visit.




If you are interested in some awesome books that include more details about illuminated books and manuscripts of this era, here are some suggestions.