Book of Hours, late 15th century. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.
You might now try a complete transcript of the page. Use a pen and paper and just work through the text pages, then check it against ours. While there are some difficulties with deciphering individual letters, it helps if you are familiar with the general vocabulary of the Psalms. Of course, there are plenty of texts of the Vulgate Bible around to help you, but always expect a few minor variations.

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Medieval Writing
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