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04 April 2012

The Psalter of Henry VI Now Online

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Miniature of a mitred bishop and nobles sitting in a choir within a church, from the Psalter of Henry VI, Paris, c. 1405-10 (with later additions), Cotton Domitian A. XVII, f. 12v

Regular readers of our blog will know that the British Library currently has a number of projects underway to make fully digitised medieval manuscripts available on the Digitised Manuscripts website - including the long-running Greek manuscript project, Harley Science, and our most recent undertaking, which will include a number of manuscripts from the Royal exhibition.

Alongside these projects is an ongoing effort to upload some of the British Library's manuscript treasures, such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Old English Hexateuch, and the Æthelstan Psalter. Today we are pleased to announce the latest addition to this group - the Psalter of Henry VI (Cotton Domitian A. XVII), a beautifully illuminated 15th century Parisian manuscript.

The Psalter of Henry VI was shown in our recent exhibition Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, and was featured in our post A Book of Two Princes.  Check out the fully digitised version here!

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Miniature of monks seated in a choir in a church during a funeral Mass, with five spectres of skeletal death behind them, from the Psalter of Henry VI, Paris, c. 1405-10 (with later additions), Cotton Domitian A. XVII, f. 150v

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Miniature of the Coronation of the Virgin, with an illuminated initial 'E'(xultate) and a full border, from the Psalter of Henry VI, Paris, c. 1405-10 (with later additions), Cotton Domitian A. XVII, f. 151

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