The Christina Psalter

A Study of the Images and Texts in a French Early Thirteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscript

Marina Vidas

The Christina Psalter
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Marina Vidas

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154 pages | © 2006
Cloth $43.00 ISBN: 9788763501279 Published December 2006 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
This book is the first detailed analysis of an exquisitely illuminated thirteenth-century Parisian manuscript (The Royal Library, Copenhagen) which was owned by Christina of Norway (1234-1262), daughter of Håkon IV and wife of Philip of Castile and León. New information is provided about the Psalter?'s medieval and later components, its liturgical and other functions, missing illuminations and texts, as well as its provenance and date. Furthermore, the stylistic and iconographic similarities between the Psalter and some of the most important manuscripts illuminated in Paris in the Period, like the three-volume Moralized Bibles, are discussed. Suggestions also are made about the meanings the texts and images might have had for their intended audience.
List of Plates and Figures

1. Description of the Manuscript
2. The Artistic Background
3. The Artists, Style and Iconography of the Prefatory Cycle
4. The Intended Reader
5. Catalogue of the Prefatory and Psalm Illuminations

Appendix I: The Christina Psalter, GKS 1606, 4°
Appendix II: Calendar
Manuscripts Cited
Index of Names, Places and Manuscripts
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