The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

described by Orietta Da Rold

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 8846

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 8846

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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The Paris Psalter; The Anglo-Catalan Psalter

Date: s. xii2


A Psalter, datable perhaps to 1180-1190, with Latin marginal and interlinear glosses to the Gallicanum from the Latin Glossa Ordinaria; a continuous Anglo-Norman gloss to the Hebraicum, and a few Old English glosses to the Romanum. The opening words of Psalms 59, 64, 77 and 87 are glossed in English on fols 103v, 109v, 135r and 154v (See for a complete transcription, Hargreaves and Clark 1965, p. 444 and Pulsiano and Hussey 2008, pp. 115-116).

The manuscript seems, in its conception, to be a direct copy of the Eadwine Psalter (CTC R. 17. 1), with influences from the Utrecht Psalter (Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek 32). The work on the psalter seems to have been abandoned (see for a fuller discussion Pulsiano and Hussey 2008, p. 111) in the later twelfth century, and completed by Catalan artists when the manuscript reached Spain, perhaps in the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries.

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Foliation and/or Pagination: i + 177 + iii leaves, foliated A, B, 1-175. Foliated in ink and pencil. The foliation in pencil is not always visible.



The layout is based on that of the CTC R. 17. 1. The leaves are ruled for five columns, triple bounding lines between the second and third column. Double pricking in the outside margin, are ruling for main text, interlinear and marginal glosses. The writing area for the each leaf is single bounded. Ruling in plummet. No frame is ruled from fol. 93r. Lower margins measure c. 103/120 mm. An illustration at the top of fol. 101v has been cropped(Pulsiano and Hussey 2008, pp. 112-14).

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