Royal Coats of Arms in a Medieval PsalterPosted: November 23, 2011
Making my way through the ‘Aberdeen Psalter’ at the NLS, I was surprised to discover the rampant lion of the Scottish coat of arms on its first page (following the calendar). I was unaware of many other liturgical manuscripts from the later Middle Ages with a similar device, and the possible connection to the royal court is most intriguing. Keen to find similar manuscripts, Steve Boardman’s advice led me to the Book of Hours of James IV and Margaret.
It is definitely of a completely different kettle of fish, in terms of both quality and production (script, illuminations etc.). Both manuscripts, however, are a product of the Low Countries (though decades apart; more on provenance and illuminations soon!), and the the arms themselves are very similar – in both cases appearing immediately after the calendar.
Always keen to implement new technology, I thought of trying Google Image search on the relevant part of the image. Cut and
slightly aligned, the rampart lion was sent to the web. The results were somehow different than originally envisioned, and the best match is here below.