The Ormesby Psalter

FCE Law-Turner, £30, Bodleian Books, 9781851243105

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If you were lucky enough last Christ­mas to re­ceive a copy of ‘Meet­ings with Re­mark­able Manuscripts’, then this sump­tu­ous vol­ume will be an­other to whet your ap­petite. This beau­ti­ful un­fin­ished psalter has been in the Bodleian for about 150 years and is pos­si­bly the most mag­nif­i­cent cre­ated by East Anglian man­u­script mak­ers. Ex­pert Fred­er­ica Law-Turner places the psalter in con­text. To hold an orig­i­nal psalter, with the his­tory of the owner and the spir­i­tual and earthly emo­tions they felt is not some­thing most of us could do, but here we can gaze in awe and marvel at lost crafts­men who made such a book of prayer a work of art.

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