The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous manuscripts from medieval England because of the images that decorate the margins of its pages. Some of these images have been interpreted as the most accurate portrayals of medieval rural life while others seem to make no sense at all. However, if we dig deeper into the layout of the images on the page, the Luttrell Psalter reveals itself to be a magnificent example of political satire and wordplay of the highest level. It contains vellum leaves of the highest quality with flyleaves of paper. The text is in Latin.
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Life in the Middle Ages in all its aspects, presented in high-quality, gorgeous, and entertaining miniatures: the famous Luttrell Psalter offers it all.
This manuscript in the British Library in London is considered to be altogether, one of the most significant medieval manuscripts! Originating from the commission of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in Lincolnshire shortly before the midth century, the psalter offers an exuberant, extremely lively image of the Middle Ages. Named after his magnum opus, the Luttrell Master created a manuscript whose pages are adorned with magnificent miniatures. An unbelievable visual impression is guaranteed!
Life in the Middle Ages in all its aspects, presented in high-quality, gorgeous, and entertaining miniatures : the famous Luttrell Psalter offers it all. What lead the patron of the manuscript to have a psalter made with such a magnificent picture of the Middle Ages remains a mystery. Sir Geoffrey Luttrell , who leant the manuscript his name as its patron, was a high-ranking English nobleman, Baron, knight, and a large landowner. Shortly before the middle of the 14th century, Luttrell commission and unknown master with the work.
On pages measuring 35 x All the pages — over altogether — were adorned with miniatures and figurative scenes. The large lines of text are surrounded with decorative ornamental bordures, vines and escutcheons, but also have all kinds of colorful figures and scenes.
Thus it offers the beholder an exceptional variety of compositions and visual representations. Nevertheless, it is not only the quantity, but also and in particular the quality of the miniatures that is noteworthy. The Luttrell Master was occupied with work on the psalter for over 10 years!
The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most comprehensive visual resources concerning medieval everyday life. Under the text on the lower margin of each page there is a large scenic depiction, e. This practice is continued with the magnificent historiated initials , splendidly ennobled with gold. In this way, miniatures arose that are witty and humorous, cryptic and entertaining, and which illustrate medieval life in all its aspects: from fashion to food to agrarian work.
Alternate Titles: Luttrell-Psalter. Images of Luttrell Psalter facsimile edition. Our price. Ask for a Quote. Call us. Details 1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document extent, color and size Commentary 1 volume pages by Michelle P. Luttrell Psalter Life in the Middle Ages in all its aspects, presented in high-quality, gorgeous, and entertaining miniatures : the famous Luttrell Psalter offers it all.
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London , British Library , Add. Named for its patron, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell d. Made between and , the manuscript is the work of a provincial scriptorium in Lincolnshire. The completed pages contain a stunning menagerie of hybrid creatures in their margins as well as detailed bas-de-page vignettes.
The Luttrell Psalter - Introduction
The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous medieval manuscripts because of its rich illustrations of everyday life in the 14th century. It was made in the diocese of Lincoln for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell - of Irnham, probably sometime between and The text was written throughout by one scribe and illuminated by at least five different artists. The style of the Psalter represents the last stage of the highly accomplished East Anglian School of manuscript illumination. One master artist completed a large section including the lavish dedication miniature showing the Psalter's patron, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, fully armed and mounted on a splendid war-horse. Sir Geoffrey's will survives, and gives further insights into his life and times.