Jochen Bepler, who was a research librarian at the Dombibliothek, Hildesheim, from 1989, and was its Executive Director since 1993, has died aged 63 after a short illness.
Muller & Schindler, the publishers of
facsimile of the Psalter, have kindly given me permission to maike
available online my text from the commentary volume:
Peter Kidd, Contents and Codicology, in Jochen Bepler, Peter Kidd and Jane Geddes, The St Albans Psalter (Albani Psalter), (Simbach am Inn, Germany: Muller & Schindler, 2008), pp.41-156 [PDF].
Some addenda and corrigenda are also online.
Papers [listed on the Bibliography page] from the
2009 Hildesheim conference are now
The exhibition is now open, and has its own web-page:
The Getty has also put a brief video on YouTube, giving a glimpse of the current exhibition installation:
Here are some reviews of the show:
Harold Robert Stirrup, Colour Paint and Gold: The Materiality of English Manuscript Illumination in the Twelfth Century, (PhD thesis, University of York, 2012). Although temporarily embargoed, copies may be requested from the author at http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/3982/
etc are offering the possibility to pre-order the book that will be
published to accompany the forthcoming Getty exhibition (see below):
Kristen Collins, Peter Kidd, and Nancy K. Turner, The St. Albans Psalter:
Prayer in Medieval England (Los Angeles, 2013)
The disbound Albani Psalter will be exhibited at the J. Paul Getty
Museum, Los Angeles, from late 2013 to early 2014. The bifolia will be
rotated at the mid-point of the exhibition period, both to reduce their
exposure to light and so that during the course of the exhibition the
entire picture cycle and many of the historiated initials will be
displayed (cf the exhibition in 2009, below). The gallery space will be
shared with the famous Ancestors of Christ stained-glass windows from
Canterbury Cathedral, hence the overall title of the exhibition:
and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister.
The dates are from 20 September 2013 to 2 February 2014, with a colloqium during the weekend that the show closes, on 1-2 February.
The Getty Museum's website now has the following advance notice:
A volume of papers, based on those presented at the conference at
Hildesheim in November 2009 (see below) is due for publication before
the end of 2012. The contents include:
Adolph Goldschmidt, Der
in Hildesheim und seine Beziehung zur symbolischen Kirchensculptur des
Jahrhunderts (Berlin: G. Siemens, 1895), which I have long made
available as a series of images here,
is now (December) available as a print-on-demand from Amazon and
A copy of the Albani Psalter facsimile has been presented to St Albans
Abbey by the dicocese of Hildesheim. The story has been covered by the
It will be on display in the exhibition area, but may be studied by
prior appointment. As far as I am aware, it is the only copy available
to scholars in the UK apart from that at
[Images from www.glaubeaktuell.net and www.katholisch.de]
The presentation, made during the course of Evensong on 16 August (the feast of the Assumption), was followed by talks in the nave by Peter Kidd and Jochen Bepler.
Joanna Royle's 2008 PhD thesis (see below) is now available as a free PDF download from the University of Glasgow Theses Service
Details in English and German.
The leaves exbibited will be rotated so that it will be possibe to see the entire manuscript over the course of three visits.
The official programme is now available at last.
A new facsimile of the Psalter has now (July) been published in English and German editions by MÃ¼ller & Schindler. It is accompanied by a commentary volume incorporating new research and new discoveries. The commentary volume (on its own) may be purchased from the publisher for 65 Euro.
German edition, front cover
English Edition, title page
Publication is announced for July 2010 (formerly July 2008) of Morgan Powell, Woman in the Mirror: Gender, Literacy, and the Media Revolution of the Twelfth Century, including a chapter 'The Psalter of Christina of Markyate: Image, Narrative and the sponsa corporaliter'.
Joanna Royle has submitted her PhD thesis,Transitional Holiness in the Twelfth Century: The Social and Spiritual Identity of Domina Christina of Markyate, to the University of Glasgow
Henrietta Leyser and Samuel Fanous, editors of, and contributors to Christina of Markyate: A Twelfth-Century Holy Woman(London, 2005) (partially availablefrom Google Books) have published The Life of Christina of Markyate a revised translation of the Life of Christina of Markyate for the Oxford World Classics series. It is available from Amazon.
A Johns Hopkins PhD on the Alexis quire by Kathryn (Kate) Gerry was completed in 2007.
The so-called 'Golden' Psalter, formerly owned by the late Brian Cron, has been acquired by the British library and is now their Add. MS 81084
A detailed description, with up-to-date bibliography, and images of the Pierpont Morgan Library's Life of St Edmund are available on their Corsair web catalogue.
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