The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous manuscripts from medieval England because of the images that decorate the margins of its pages. What makes the Luttrell Psalter unique is that it is richly illustrated with depictions of everyday life in rural England in the first half of the 14th century. Acquired by. The Luttrell Psalter was written and illustrated circa – by anonymous scribes and artists. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell.

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The pages vary in their degree of illumination, but many are richly covered with both decorated text and marginal pictures of saints and Bible stories, and scenes of rural life. Servants preparing food and running errands are depicted along the margins of the manuscript to emphasize that they played a lutrell role both socially and luttfell. If you would like to flip through the pages of the Luttrell Psalter, please click here. Spread the Love for Medieval Art!

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In Music in Art 28, no. The psalter contains a portrait of Luttrell, at the end of Psalmfully armed and mounted on a war-horse, with an extravagant display of the Luttrell arms. The scripts are fairly large. University of Toronto Press, It is made of brown calf leather, decorated with red paint, and stamped and tooled with gold and silver.


The portrait presents Sir Geoffrey in luttell prime of his youth while Agnes is depicted as his supportive wife, and Beatrice as the future of the Luttrell lineage.

Category:Luttrell Psalter (c.1325-1335) – BL Add MS 42130

His technique is very similar to the style used in most of the East Anglian manuscripts of the period. Psalm 26 27 ; Thomas Becket – Luttrell Psalter c. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Luttrell Psalter c.

Sir Geoffrey’s will survives, and gives further insights into his life and times. Because the identities of the artists are unknown, they are referred to in reference to their style, e. Handmade endpapers from the Fabriano mill. The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous medieval manuscripts because of its rich illustrations of everyday life in the 14th century. Two Worlds for Memory.

Luttrell Psalter

The illustrations might even celebrate actual events, like the building of a watermill that Luttrell constructed at Bridgeford. The Folio SocietyExport to Endnote. Luttrell wanted the drawings to reflect the current devotional, cultural, political, luytrell and dynastic aspirations that he and his family had. Each frame of the manuscript has about fourteen full lines psalteg text. The text was written throughout by one scribe and illuminated by at least five different artists.

It has been suggested that the emphasis of the luttrelll on natural landscapes could be connected to the lands that lord Luttrell might have often seen. The Luttrell Psalter is interesting with regard to musical tradition in the Middle Ages because it tries to integrate both the religious and devilish side of the psalter to combine them “into the service of the sacred”.


Two knights Jousting – Luttrell Psalter c. Throughout the centuries it has had several owners. Creative, imaginative and even bizarre miniatures embellish the manuscript with bright colorsgold and silver. Geoffrey Luttrell was lord of Irnhamin Lincolnshire and his lands extended across England.

This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat Views Read Edit View history. LondonBritish LibraryAdd. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell dieda wealthy English landowner.

The Luttrell Psalter

Turning the pages we see a woman who feeds chickens, psalfer cooking and eating. It is considered one of the richest sources for visual depictions of everyday rural life in medieval England [1]even though the last folio is now lost. Geoffrey Luttrell inherited the lands of his ancestors who worked at the court of King John and received properties for their services.

Retrieved from ” https: The scenes show an unparalleled sense of humor representing vivid scenes of beasts and humans engaged in a variety of activities.

Psalm ; a kuttrell – Luttrell Psalter c.