Asteriscos et obelos suis locis restitui – the revision of the Psalter during the Carolingian Renaissance
Paper by Evina Steinova
Given at the 2014 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds
The psalter was perhaps the most ubiquitous book in the early Middle Ages. It was used in the classroom to teach reading and writing, it was the basis of the daily office, and as such was present in every monastery and cathedral. It was the most likely book to be found in the possession of a layman. Last but not least, the psalter was an object of study and scholarly study – it was commented upon and glossed. If you look at how an early medieval psalter looks, you would find a whole spectrum of books, with distinct functions and formats. Today, I would like to discuss one type of early medieval psalter and the one feature that discerns this type – and that is the presence of critical signs.