Paris Psalter

Paris Psalter

Probably Wessex, England (United Kingdom) — Second half of the 11th century

Paris Psalter

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Paris Psalter

Created during the mid-11th century in England, possibly Wessex, the Paris Psalter is distinguished from other Psalters because it is an unusually tall and thin codex that incorporates 13 pen and ink drawings in the text, which is also adorned by blue, green, and gold leaf initials. The text is written in two columns: the left column has the Latin text of the Psalter with the first fifty Psalms paraphrased in West-Saxon prose while the rest of the Psalms are translated into a metrical form of Anglo-Saxon. The West-Saxon translation is traditionally attributed to King Alfred the Great and the Psalter’s prose and poetic vernacular was influential and widely studied throughout England. In 1402, the coveted manuscript was listed in the inventory of the library of the famous bibliophile Duke Jean de Berry.


Alternative Titles
Psalterium duplex, latinum et anglo-saxonicum
Latin 8824
Size / Format
187 folios / 52.6 × 18.6 cm
Second half of the 11th century
Carolingian minuscule
13 pen drawings; Large golden initials at the beginning of the psalms and hymns; Small golden, blue and green initials at the beginning of each verse
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Paris Psalter

Commentary: 1 volume by Bertram Colgrave
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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