||Psalter, of the first half of the 12th cent., written for a community of nuns [cf. picture prefixed to litany, showing nuns at prayer] - perhaps Markyate or Sopwell, each of which was set up under the auspices of St Albans abbey; adapted for St Albans abbey, by the addition of ff. 9-36, perhaps in the time of Abbot Geoffrey (1119-47). The calendar (ff. 1-8) has about twenty obits, of Christina of Markyate (d. in or after 1155) and her family and friends. The name of Roger the Hermit (d. c. 1121x23) has been added by another hand, and so both parts of the psalter perhaps predate 1123 [as suggested by P�cht, Dodwell and Wormald]; but in that case they would also predate the foundation of Markyate (1145).
||E. B[ishop], �A Newly Recovered Psalter of St Albans�, Downside Rev., xv (1896), pp. 176-83; F. Wormald, �The Calendar and Litany of the St Albans Psalter�, in O. P�cht, C.R. Dodwell and F. Wormald, The St Albans Psalter (Albani Psalter) (London, 1960), pp. 23-45; C.M. Kauffmann, Romanesque Manuscripts 1066-1190, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 3 (London, 1975), pp. 68-70, no. 29; R.M. Thomson, Manuscripts from St Albans Abbey, 1066-1235 (Woodbridge, Suff., 1982), pp. 119-20, no. 72 [suggests that the MS was produced at St Albans for Christina of Markyate, c. 1123, and that it was �still at Markyate after 1155, when Hand 4 added entries to the Calendar�]; C.M. Kauffmann, in English Romanesque Art, 1066-1200. Hayward Gallery, London, 5 April - 8 July 1984, ed. G. Zarnecki, J. Holt and T. Holland, exhibition cat. (London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1984), p. 17, no. 17; K.E. Haney, The St Albans Psalter: An Anglo-Norman Song of Faith (New York and Oxford, 2002); J. Geddes, The St Albans Psalter: A Book for Christina of Markyate (London, 2005).