ROMAN RUSTIC: THE UTRECHT PSALTER

The Utrecht Psalter was written in Reims c.820. It is remarkable for the lively drawings which illustrate the themes of each psalm. It was at Canterbury some time in the early 11th century, when it was copied by the monks of Christ Church, who updated the script to the fashionable Carolingian Minuscule, and coloured their drawings rather than leaving them monochrome, as here. The Utrecht Psalter is a high-status liturgical book written in Roman Rustic with Artificial Uncial as a display script.

Utrecht University Library

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