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Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

 

The Macclesfield Psalter

Produced in England, East Anglia, ca. 1330
Cambridge, England, The Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 1–2005

This sumptuously illuminated tiny Psalter (a little smaller than this facsimile) is a recent important discovery, overlooked for centuries in the Library of the Earl of Macclesfield, which came up for auction in 2004. It is an outstanding example of East Anglian painting, known for inventiveness and wit.


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Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield Psalter

Open to fols. 139v–140r at Psalm 97, in the initial C (Cantate Domino canticum novum; Sing unto the Lord a new canticle) we see The Annunciation to the Shepherds; below on this page stand a courting couple, and on the opposite page Saint Dunstan pinches the devil’s nose; a previous reader has scratched out the devil’s face.


Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield PsalterDetail of fol. 139v, depicting the initial C that begins Psalm 97, including the Annunciation to the Shepherds.

 

Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield PsalterDetail of fol. 140r, depicting St. Dunstan catching the devil by the nose with a pair of blacksmith's tongs.

 

Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield PsalterDetail of fol. 151r, depicting a rabbit jousting with a dog.

 

Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield PsalterDetail of fol. 115v, depicting a rabbit riding on a dog.

 

Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield Psalter Detail of fol. 68r, depicting a giant stingray.

 

Thumbnail image from the Macclesfield PsalterDetail of fol. 235v, depicting Death striking down a young man.

 

Facsimile: Stella Panayotova, The Macclesfield Psalter: “A Window into the World of Late Medieval England” (Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum, 2005)

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