Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 478: Armenian Psalter
Armenian and Latin
ff. 2 + 251 + 2
138 Height (mm) and 98 Width (mm)
[ca. 1200 - 1299]
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The Armenian psalter, probably dating from the thirteenth century, contained in CCCC MS 478, is one of the most curious items in the collection. Parker was in correspondence with Bishop Davies of St David's and his collaborator, William Salesbury, regarding the language in which the text was written. The list of Parker's books in the Parker Register (CCCC MS 575) is annotated to record that it had been identified as Armenian by William Patten (d. in or after 1598). Patten produced in 1570 a vocabulary and alphabet in Armenian for which he had made use of this psalter. In the middle of the book are three coloured pictures of the Virgin and Child, the Crucifixion, and Christ surrounded by the Evangelist symbols.