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Opening from The Psalter and Hours of Isabelle of France

This exceptionally refined manuscript, with its rich pictorial cycle, elegant style, luxurious colour scheme, and exquisite technique is a lasting tribute to the artists, scribes and patrons who transformed thirteenth-century Paris into the leading centre of manuscript production. It was most probably the prayer book of Isabelle (1225-1270), the devout sister of Louis IX of France (1226-1270) who built the Sainte Chappelle to house his Crusading relics. In the nineteenth century, it was owned by John Ruskin, who cut out leaves to use as teaching tools or gifts. The manuscript was acquired for the Museum by Director Sydney Cockerell and dedicated to the memory of those who had died in the Great War.