We selected our patrons, Michelle Brown and Terry Jones, with great care.
Michelle Brown is a professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and a specialist in the Luttrell Psalter itself. Michelle has been very supportive of our project and very generous with her time and expertise. Terry Jones has been very active in popularising medieval history and was happy to lend support our project by adding his name as a patron.
Michelle Brown, FSA, was for many years the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, where she remains as a part-time project officer. She is also Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Michelle has curated several major exhibitions, including ‘Painted Labyrinth: the World of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ (British Library, 2003) and ‘In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000’ (Smithsonian Inst., Washington DC, 2006-7). She has lectured, published and broadcast widely on medieval manuscripts, history and Chrisitian culture, catering for a wide range of audiences. Her books include:
The Luttrell Psalter
The World of the Luttrell Psalter
The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England
The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe
The Holkham Bible Picture Book
Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age
Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts
Pagans and Priests: the Coming of Christianity to Britain and Ireland
“My interest in history has always been ‘What was it like for ordinary people?’, I’m more interested in understanding how life was in the past – rather than the big events. The Luttrell Psalter provides this rare evidence of ordinary life through a series of wonderful and vibrant illustrations from the agricultural to the domestic. These images are being brought to life for the first time on film and the production team deserve a great deal of credit for tackling this project. The similarities between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ have always interested me more than the differences. Those are the things that bring the past to life for me and the Luttrell Psalter Film will do that for its audience too.”