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  • Record Number: 3098
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Powell , Morgan.
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  • Title: Making the Psalter of Christina of Markyate (The St. Albans Psalter)
  • Source: Viator 36, ( 2005): Pages 293 - 335.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Christina of Markyate, Recluse Geoffrey of Gorron, Abbot of Saint Albans Monastery Illumination of Manuscripts Images Manuscripts- Commission of Saint Albans Psalter Spiritual Care Visual Literacy Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 12
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Hildesheim, Dombibliothek, MS St. Godehard 1. Known as the Saint Albans Psalter or the Psalter of Christina of Markyate. Richly decorated with pictures and illuminated initials. Includes a calendar, "Life of Alexis" in Anglo-Norman, Gregory the Great's le
  • Illustrations: Ten figures. Figure One The Three Women at the Tomb, and Mary Magdalene's Annunciation to the Apostles (Hildesheim, Dombibliothek, MS St. Godehard 1, pages 50 and 51). Figure Two The Incredulity of Thomas / Christ Reveals His Wounds to the Apostles, and the Life of St. Martin (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 52 and 53). Figure Three David as a shepherd-king/ Scenes from the "Life" of Alexis emphasize that he is chosen by God (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 56 and 57). Figure Four Text pages with illuminated initial B (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 58 and 59). Figure Five Christ and two disciples gaze at the fading sun (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 68 and 69). Figure Six Christ with disciples at Emmaus / Christ ascending into heaven at Emmaus (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 70 and 71). Figure Seven Letter B initial (for "Beatus vir") with King David as a harpist in the initial and above two knights in combat / Banded, colored and framed text of the ending portion of Psalm I (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 72 and 73). Figure Eight Illuminated letter beginning Psalm 2 (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 74 and 75). Figure Nine Initial to the Apostles' Creed with two other initials (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 396 and 397). Figure Ten Plea for God's mercy from a group of nuns directed by a monk. Marks the end of the Athanasian Creed and the beginning of the Litany (MS St. Godehard 1, pages 402 and 403).
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  • Abstract: The pictures and texts in the Psalter of Christina of Markyate, best known as the St. Albans Psalter, document a nascent fascination with a woman’s devotional reading and visionary powers in the first half of the twelfth century. They place the book on the threshold of an expansion of religious art and literature that will soon bring a dramatic turn in the relationship between the lay public and the book, between the receiving subject and the (written) Word. Proper assessment of the place of the book and its owner in these developments depends on a detailed understanding of the book’s assembly in relationship to the progress of Christina’s relationship to the Abbey of St. Albans. This article combines detailed study of the codex, full cognizance of the events reported in Christina’s contemporary Vita, and the observations of recent scholarship in order to place study of the book on a new foundation. [Reproduced from the journal website: http://brepols.metapress.com/content/121213/?p=afdbc79947a4444b9739ff05942fde63&pi=0]
  • Author's Affiliation: Franklin College, Switzerland
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  • Year of Publication: 2005.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00835897
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