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Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is an intriguing scene of a king (or is it?) at prayer, supported by St Alban, and before a dramatic vision of the passion of Christ. It is from a lavishly illustrated book of psalms.
The British Library provide the following description, which suggests it might not be a king after all:

“Miniature of Alban holding a Tau-cross, presenting the kneeling duke Humfrey of Gloucester (or perhaps Henry VI), with a scroll reading ‘Pietas tua domine operetur in me’, to Christ as Man of Sorrows and figure of the Trinity, beneath the dove of the Holy Spirit and the Father, with two angels; and the historiated initial ‘C’(um) of David playing the harp with two angels, at the beginning of Psalm 4, from Psalms for Humfrey of Gloucester, England, c. 1430 - c. 1440, Royal 2 B. i,f. 8r”

The manuscript was commissioned by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester sometime during the early fifteenth century. However it ended up in hands of Henry VI when Humfrey was imprisoned in 1447, and a number of the illustrations were modified to reflect the new owner’s arms and status.
Image source: British Library MS Royal B2 I. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is an intriguing scene of a king (or is it?) at prayer, supported by St Alban, and before a dramatic vision of the passion of Christ. It is from a lavishly illustrated book of psalms.

The British Library provide the following description, which suggests it might not be a king after all:

Miniature of Alban holding a Tau-cross, presenting the kneeling duke Humfrey of Gloucester (or perhaps Henry VI), with a scroll reading ‘Pietas tua domine operetur in me’, to Christ as Man of Sorrows and figure of the Trinity, beneath the dove of the Holy Spirit and the Father, with two angels; and the historiated initial ‘C’(um) of David playing the harp with two angels, at the beginning of Psalm 4, from Psalms for Humfrey of Gloucester, England, c. 1430 - c. 1440, Royal 2 B. i,f. 8r”


The manuscript was commissioned by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester sometime during the early fifteenth century. However it ended up in hands of Henry VI when Humfrey was imprisoned in 1447, and a number of the illustrations were modified to reflect the new owner’s arms and status.

Image source: British Library MS Royal B2 I. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

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    HUBBY
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    Jeezus! (Well literally, but also for emphasis!)
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