E.J.Wilkins

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Psalter

In anterooms at the Bone Chapel at Ingreja Real de Sao Francisco (The Royal Church of St Francis), Évora, (where the - Bone Chapel - is) are some wonderful historical items - sets of huge keys, pieces of pottery and silverware and this wonderful psalter. The book has clearly been repaired, and perhaps suffered water damage. I'm not sure how old it is but seem to recall it dating from sixteenth century.

The camera was hand held, picture taken through glass using available light.
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Évora


Psalter

In anterooms at the Bone Chapel at Ingreja Real de Sao Francisco (The Royal Church of St Francis), Évora, (where the - Bone Chapel - is) are some wonderful historical items - sets of huge keys, pieces of pottery and silverware and this wonderful psalter. The book has clearly been repaired, and perhaps suffered water damage. I'm not sure how old it is but seem to recall it dating from sixteenth century.

The camera was hand held, picture taken through glass using available light.
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comments (17)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 20 Jan 2008, 01:20
Lovely capture of this Ellie. I am in awe when I see things that are so old and have somehow survived the passage of time.
Great pic, Ellie.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2008, 03:30
Nice capture Ellie!
  • Suzanne
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2008, 04:10
How lovely, Ellie..I love illuminated manuscripts and haven't seen one with a music score and psalm lyrics. Very beautiful
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 20 Jan 2008, 05:58
This is great, I 'picturit'the monks writing/painting these books with great patient....very well captured.
EJWilkins: and they'll have done it by candle light too. Imagine that!
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2008, 08:00
If I lived in that time, Ellie, I would have chosen this as my life's work! smile
Very nice capture Ellie
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 20 Jan 2008, 10:47
I love these letters. In french we call the big letters with draws around them : enluminures. I love doing that to create my own paper and write to my friends ...
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...grey and dull...again!
  • 20 Jan 2008, 11:29
This has turned out well under far from ideal conditions. These illuminated manuscripts are beautiful.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Jan 2008, 15:01
You have steady hands, Ellie, and have captured the illuminated manuscript very well.
EJWilkins: Hold the camera in both hands, left hand beneath the camera palm upwards, push camera against face and breathe in - hold breath and then gently press the shutter - and hope!
  • Paul
  • 20 Jan 2008, 16:54
amazing sharpness for hand-held at that speed!
EJWilkins: Err, yes, it did come out well didn't it smile
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 20 Jan 2008, 17:14
Well captured Ellie.. Very interesting.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 20 Jan 2008, 17:17
When you look at old writing like this you realise how much care was taken, unlike today where everything is rushed just to reach the basic standard required to pass.
Great shot.
EJWilkins: Ah, but when you think about it, there were very few people who could read so there was no need for books. Not all the nobility could read, so they employed scribes and clerks. The religious (priests, monks and surgeons) were probably the only group of the population who were fully literate. .. and that's the end of the history lesson!
Great capture, Ellie, especially considering the situation. (:o)
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 20 Jan 2008, 21:15
I wonder what happened if they made a smelling, sorry spelling mistake? wink Well taken Ellie
  • Old Jake
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Jan 2008, 18:29
Congratulations firstly on the subject matter and than on having such a steady hand achieving such a sharp picture taken with so slow a shutter speed.
These books are amazing and the picture shows it perfectly ! Bravo !

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