Friday, February 11, 2011

The Luttrell Psalter - The Beauty of Books: Medieval Masterpieces, preview - BBC Four

The Luttrell Psalter takes its name from its patron, Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, a wealthy English landowner in Lincolnshire. Its quality and character suggest that it was produced at enormous cost, and it's thought to have been commissioned between 1330 and Sir Geoffrey's death in 1345.

It's usual for devotional books to be decorated, but these margins are dense with human activity. Almost every aspect of the countryside is depicted. So, are they documentary images or do they carry a more complicated message?

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