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The Bedford Hours vs The Bedford Hours and Psalter

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29 December 2006

The Bedford Hours vs The Bedford Hours and Psalter

Paul recommended that I do a script analysis of the Bedford Hours back in
http://elmsleyrose.blogspot.com/2006/09/second-coming-paul-antonios-comments.html
and
http://elmsleyrose.blogspot.com/2006/09/plans-for-next-part-of-my-work.html

but I couldn't get enough images of the pages.

Almost all of the pages of the Bedford Hours have only a few lines of writing in the middle of the pages accompanied by a large versal, so you need lots to get the full alphabet.

I could get more for the Bedford Hours and Psalter, so that's what I ended up using.

Of course, now, I have a copy of Janet Backhouse's book on The Bedford Hours.

The books I'm referencing for the script analysis (The Historical Source Book for Scribes and Stan Knight's Historical Scripts) also refer to the Bedford Hours and Psalter.

I have been assured by Paul and by Gemma Black that the gothic textura quadrata script in the Bedford Hours and Psalter (commonly called just the Bedford Psalter) is also of a high quality.

They are from the same period, and share the name "Bedford" simply because the Duke of Bedford was their patron.

The Bedford Hours was created in the period about 1423-1430, by the Bedford Master and his workshop, (in Paris) including the Master of the Golden Legend of Munich, to quote Codices Illustres page 301. It's in Latin, with explanatory notes in French at the bottom of the pages.

The Bedford Psalter was created in about in the period 1414-1423 by Hermann Scheerre and his workshop (in London). - Codices Illustres page 286. It's in Latin. Good full pages of script.

Yes, I have gone back and changed the labels and any references from The Bedford Hours to the Bedford Hours and Psalter (The Bedford Psalter). I knew I'd have to talk about this, and make the changes eventually, and this seemed like a good time to do it.

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