The St Albans Psalter: Painting and Prayer in Medieval England

The St Albans Psalter is arguably the most important and beautiful manuscript from twelfth century England. Richly illustrated during an era when few private prayer books received such elaborate treatment, the psalter's full page illuminations and ornate initials were decorated with gold and luminous colours.

This book explores the compelling history of the psalter and the two individuals thought to have commissioned and used it. It contains more than ninety colour illustrations, including spectacular high magnification photography that shows previously undiscovered details of pen, brush and parchment. It also reveals how this new scientific evidence challenges many of the prevailing assumptions about the manuscript and its makers.

104 pages | soft cover | 19.8 x 27.6 cm