1 April 2017 - Recent research indicates that the unidentified noble lady portrayed in the Psalter of Fécamp (76 F 13) may be Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most powerful woman of the twelfth century. She died on 1 April 1204, and that is why the KB is announcing the news today and publishing a new high-quality digital version.
Until recently, little was known of the lady who kneels so reverently in a full-page miniature opposite the 'B' initial at the beginning of the psalms, featuring David and David and Goliath.
It was agreed that she must have been a very important and rich person, because full-page donor portraits are extremely rare in the twelfth century. The psalter itself is also a luxurious manuscript, one of the richest we know from that period.
The research throws new light on the psalter. Read the full story at:
- Introduction to the psalter of Eleanor of Aquitaine with links to digitized manuscript
- Bibliographical description and detailed contents