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St. Albans and the Markyate Psalter
Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England

Edited by Kristen Collins and Matthew Fisher

St. Albans and the Markyate Psalter
Hardback, 392 pages £78.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781580442589
Format: 260mm x 210mm
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Subjects: Art & Art History, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Studies in Iconography: Themes and Variations

One of the most compelling and provocative books of twelfth-century England, the Markyate Psalter was probably produced at St. Albans Abbey between 1120 and 1140. Heralded as a high point of English Romanesque illumination, the manuscript contains the Chanson de St. Alexis. Leading scholars of twelfth-century manuscript studies explore the Psalter, understanding it through new methodologies, pursuing innovative lines of inquiry. The collection shines fresh light on a well-known manuscript, and broadens the discourse about the book and its readers.



Introduction by Kristen Collins and Matthew Fisher

Saint Anselm's "Grand Tour" and the Full-Page Picture Cycle in the Markyate Psalter by T. A. Heslop

The Patronage and Ownership of the Markyate Psalter by Nigel Morgan

Handling the Letter by Aden Kumler

The Repainting of Psalm 101 and Meaningful Change in the Markyate Psalter by Kristen Collins and Nancy Turner

Voicing the Psalms in the Markyate Psalter: Devotional Experience and Experiments with Images and Words by Kerry Boeye

Intercessory Prayer and the Initials of the Markyate Psalter by Rachel Koopmans

La Vie de Saint Alexis and the Alexis Quire in the Crusading Context by Zrinka Stahuljak

The Psalmist and the Saint: David, Alexis, and the Construction of Meaning in a Twelfth-Century Composite Manuscript by Kathryn Gerry

Blindness and Insight, Seeing and Believing: Reading Two Emmaus Sequences from St. Albans by Morgan Powell

Praying with Pictures in the Gough Psalter by Martin Kauffmann

Madness and Innocence: Reading the Infancy Cycle of a Romanesque Vita Christi by Kristen Collins

The St. Alban's Psalter Monograph of 1960: Fifty Years Later by J. J. G. Alexander

"...Readers interested in a deep dive of the Psalter itself will be thankful for such careful, detailed analyses and for such numerous, glistening, often full-page reproductions of the Psalter's pages and initials." --Lauren Mancia, The Medieval Review 18.10.08

Kristen Collins is associate curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Matthew Fisher is associate professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 392 pages
 260mm x 210mm

BIC Code:
  ART015070, HIS037010
 Medieval Institute Publications


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