Illuminating the Medieval Psalter Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin

A public lecture by Laura Cleaver

Wednesday, 17th February 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

There will be a Q&A session immediately following the lecture, followed by the launch of

Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
by Laura Cleaver & Helen Conrad O’Briain
Copies of the book will be available on the day at a reduced price.


The book of Psalms was at the core of devotional practice in western Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. The study of medieval Latin Psalters provides evidence for the owners, users and makers of each of these unique books. This volume examines Psalter manuscripts as objects, exploring how they were designed and the changes that have been made to them over time. The choices made about text, decoration, size and layout in these manuscripts reveal a diverse range of engagements with the Psalms, as they were sung, read and scrutinized. The book thus sheds new light on some of the treasures of Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library.

Laura Cleaver is the Ussher lecturer in medieval art, Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on art produced in England and France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Helen Conrad O’Briain is based in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She specializes in early Insular Latin, Old English and Old Norse.

For additional details on this book and to see more fabulous images from this book, please visit:

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2015/latin-psalter-manuscripts/

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