Latin Liturgical Psalters In The Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue by Elizabeth SolopovaLatin Liturgical Psalters In The Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue by Elizabeth Solopova

Latin Liturgical Psalters In The Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue

byElizabeth Solopova

Hardcover | December 15, 2013

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Liturgical psalters are among the most important—and beautifully illustrated— of medieval Christian books. In their simplest form, psalters included 150 psalms, preceded by a calendar and followed by canticles, or biblical texts, meant to be sung at church services. Though this core content remained relatively unchanged throughout the Middle Ages and across countries, psalters show considerable variation in size, style of presentation, and choice of supplementary texts.

Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library describes more than one hundred psalters from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain, ranging from the ninth to the sixteenth century and reflecting a wide range of requirements and interests. Each entry includes a description of the psalter’s contents, physical makeup, and provenance, alongside full-color images of pages, a bibliography, and tables to assist in the study of illumination and the liturgical use of psalms.

Bringing together important information on a stunning selection of little-known manuscripts held by the Bodleian Library, this volume will prove a valuable resource.
Elizabeth Solopova is a research fellow in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford and the William Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She is the author of several books, including Key Concepts in Medieval Literature. 
Title:Latin Liturgical Psalters In The Bodleian Library: A Select CatalogueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 2.2 inPublished:December 15, 2013Publisher:BODLEIAN LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORDLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:185124297X

ISBN - 13:9781851242979

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Table of Contents




                The Form of Entries


                List of Psalters

                List of Illustrations (between pages 348 and 349)

The Catalogue

1              Britain

2              France

3              The Netherlands

4              Germany

5              Austria

6              Italy

7              Spain


1              Music in Psalters

2             Psalm 151

3             Psalm Titles and Numbers

4             Textual Divisions

5             Monastic Subdivisions of Individual Psalms

6             Punctuation

7             Canticles

8             Iconography of the Litany

9             Iconography of the Penitential Psalms

10           Iconography of the Canticles

11           Iconography of the Office of the Dead

12           Iconography of the Office of the Virgin

13           Calendar Miniatures

14           Iconography of Miniatures, Historiated Initials and Borders at

               Liturgical Divisions


Index of Cited Manuscripts and Early Printed Books

Concordance of Shelfmarks

General Index

Editorial Reviews

“After 738 pages, 111 catalog entries, fourteen appendices, and three indices, I left this book with a taste for more. Solopova’s erudite research sheds new light on familiar manuscripts and adds information on less well-known psalters. It is an impressive feat, and will remain the authoritative point of reference for years to come. It also has the potential to transform the way we think about medieval psalters.”