Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter by Janet BackhouseMedieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter by Janet Backhouse

Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter

byJanet Backhouse

Paperback | October 1, 2000

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The Luttrell Psalter is one of the best-known English manuscripts. Written and illuminated in the early 14th century for Sir Geoffey Luttrell, it is celebrated for its long series of attractive marginal illustrations showing scenes of life in medieval England. The most celebrated sequence of pictures represents the annual cycle of growing crops including plouging, sowing, weeding, harvesting, threshing, and the delivery of the grain. Animal illustrations include domestic boars, geese, pigs, cattle, ferrets, rabbits, birds, cats and mice. Sports, pastimes, entertainers and musicians are all represented, showing the reader that rural life did have a lighter side beyond the routine of work. Janet Backhouse's entertaining study reminds us that although The Luttrell Psalter was created to provide a reflection of the status of the Luttrell family, its preservation has given us a supremely emotive pictorial source for the daily life of rural England.

Janet Backhouse is an internationally respected manuscript expert and former Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library.
Title:Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell PsalterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.66 × 6.93 × 0.24 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802083994

ISBN - 13:9780802083999

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For those who have read about life in medieval times, this is an excellent visual companion. For those who haven't, but are interested in history, it proves to be equally absorbing. The delightful drawings surrounding the text give us an important insight into day-to-day activities of the common man and woman almost exactly 500 years before the invention of photography. Historians are greatly limited in the amount of visual information they can draw on from that time, which makes documents such as this so valuable. Don't miss this rare look at out distant past.