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Psalter of Queen Melisende
The Psalter of Queen Melisende is an evocative witness to the cultural exchanges that took place during the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The manuscript begins with a prefatory cycle of 24 miniatures, signed 'Basilius me fecit' on f. 12v. Buchthal's pioneering study of Crusader art shows that these miniatures, Byzantine in style and iconography, were probably painted by a western artist who used a variety of models. The decoration of much of the rest of the manuscript is Romanesque in style, in keeping with the script and calendar, which have a Norman aspect.
Probably made for Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem during the Latin rule in the Holy Land between between 1131 and 1143, whose parents, King Baldwin II and Queen Morphia, are mentioned in the calendar.

Signed on f. 12v 'Basilius me fecit.'

Ex libris of Frere Ponz Daubon, upside-down on the unnumbered front paste-down (between 1180 and 1299).

Said to have belonged to the Grande Chartreuse at Grenoble and later (~1840?) to Dr Commarmont of Lyons, from whom it was bought by Professor Guglielmo Libri for the London booksellers Payne and Foss (note of Frederick Madden, flyleaf).

Purchased by the British Museum from Payne and Foss, London booksellers, 12 November 1845.

Лондон: библиотека Британская

London: British library
1131...43. E. Mediterranean (Jerusalem).
Книга рукописная.
Language: Latin.
Script: Protogothic Book Script.
145х215 (75х135).
Folios: ff. 218.
Format: Codex. Vellum.
Binding: Standard. Gilt and tooled fore edge. Fomerly in contemporary carved ivory covers, now kept separately.
№ Egerton MS 1139.
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