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Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

 

The Luttrell Psalter

Produced in England, Diocese of Lincoln, ca. 1325–35
London, British Library, Add. MS 42130

The Luttrell Psalter is famous for the numerous scenes of everyday life and bizarre composite creatures that occupy its marginal spaces, coexisting with its more characteristic religious imagery. The manuscript was written and illuminated for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, and his coats of arms and those of two other families are also incorporated into the marginal decoration.

For more information, visit the Luttrell Psalter online gallery, or the Turning the Pages digital facsimile, both from the British Library.


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Open to fols. 172v–173r, portraying in the lower margins scenes of reaping and gathering a crop into sheaves. In the outer margins are two examples of the manuscript’s numerous fanciful and brightly colored grotesques, once termed “nightmarish” by an earlier scholar.


Thumbnail image from the Luttrell PsalterDetail of fol. 165v, depicting another grotesque.

 

Thumbnail image from the Luttrell PsalterImage of fol. 67r, including several more of the grotesques.

 

Thumbnail image from the Luttrell PsalterImage of fol. 68r, including several grotesques.

 

Facsimile: The Luttrell Psalter: A Facsimile, commentary by Michelle P. Brown (London: The British Library, 2006)

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