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Picturing Kingship

History and Painting in the Psalter of Saint Louis

Harvey Stahl

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$98.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-02863-7

464 pages
8.5" × 11"
60 color/50 b&w illustrations
2007

Picturing Kingship

History and Painting in the Psalter of Saint Louis

Harvey Stahl

“Harvey Stahl’s posthumous study of the St. Louis Psalter promises to take its place as one of the finest monographs ever published on a medieval illuminated manuscript. The psalter provided the backbone of the liturgy and the primary vehicle of private prayer and study before the Book of Hours. One of the best-known manuscripts of the entire Middle Ages, St. Louis’s psalter is also, astonishingly, among the least studied. Stahl’s monograph considers all aspects of the manuscript, from its codicology to its content. Above all, he expands our notion of the expressive and visual capacity of thirteenth-century illumination, which too often is dismissed as stylized mannerism. This is a glorious book on a glorious manuscript.”