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.
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.
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.
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.