Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Luttrell Psalter Online

Check it out; it's part of the "Sacred Texts Online Gallery" of the British Library.

This Psalter is apparently very famous for its depictions of "ordinary life" in medieval England - and some of the illustrations are indeed pretty great. You can zoom in and out of many of these images, too, and see them very close, if you like.

Here are a couple of examples of the illustrations, from Wikimedia Commons:

What a great thing; I'm sure there are other manuscripts at this site worth exploring. Go to this page, for instance, and you'll see a link to the Sherborne Missal, which looks to be interesting; it's a Flash movie, and you can hold a little Flash magnifying glass over the pages to see them closer. Gotta love it! And the Lindisfarne Gospels can be found here.

There's also an entire website devoted to the Luttrell Psalter, as well as a "Luttrell family" genealogy site with a Psalter section.

Busy, busy, busy!

1 comment:

WAG Screen said...

The luttrell Psalter Film is now available on DVD. It gives a unique glimpse of a year in the life of a medieval village. Filmed over four sesons, it shows the changing landscape with its fields and flowers, and the daily activities which dominated the lives of our forefathers. This 20 minute film film drawers on over 35 different images from the margins of the manuscript, allowing the people from the Psalter to walk out from its vellum pages.The film features an original sound track of medieval music and 48 minutes of extras including behind the scenes documentaries which explore medieval life and the making of the film.


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