The Ormesby Psalter
FCE Law-Turner, £30, Bodleian Books, 9781851243105
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.