|Ramsay Psalter (British Library, Harley 2904, f.181), late 10th century. All images by permission of the British Library. These images are made available by the British Library under a Creative Commons licence.|
|This is a leaf from a late 10th century psalter, probably written in Winchester for the use of Ramsay Abbey in Huntingdonshire. The script is a very clear and bold Caroline minuscule, in the style that old paleography books refer to as a "fine liturgical hand". The heading is in a form of rustic capitals, with a decorative initial B bearing acanthus leaf ornament. The Latin text is the end of Psalm 142 and the beginning of Psalm 143 in the Gallican translation, equivalent to Psalms 143 and 144 in a modern Bible. There are numerous abbreviations, indicating that the process of abbreviation in no way diminished an important text in a high class volume, nor did it decrease the legibility of a work designed for reading aloud in public.|
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