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Book/Printed Material Flemish Psalter. Psautier flamand

About this Item


  • Flemish Psalter.

Other Title

  • Psautier flamand


  • This Flemish Psalter from the library of the Irish College in Paris was made in Bruges (present-day Belgium) around 1500. The manuscript is written in Latin on vellum, and it has a 19th-century binding. Psalters are religious books, especially popular in the Middle Ages, containing the psalms (poems that are sung) from the Bible, often with other devotional texts. Richly decorated, the Psalter includes a fully illuminated page depicting the Tree of Jesse and a miniature of King David, the main author of the psalms. Twelve illuminations, each composed of two panels, depict the months of the year and the signs of the zodiac. Nine sheets have borders ornamented with flowers, birds, and butterflies. The last illumination introduces the text of the Office of the Dead. The manuscript was commissioned by an unknown ecclesiastic whose coat of arms, consisting of azure-colored lion rampant on a silver background, is painted nine times in the volume.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1500.


  • -  Belgium
  • -  1500
  • -  Bible. Old Testament
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Miniatures (Illuminations)
  • -  Prayers
  • -  Psalms
  • -  Psalters


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 124 pages, not paginated (first 3 and last 3 are blank) ; 36 centimeters by 26.5 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Irish College in Paris.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667541

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Flemish Psalter. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1500] Pdf.

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(1500) Flemish Psalter. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Flemish Psalter. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1500] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.