Opus Anglicanum

Felbrigge Psalter, 13th century

Did you know that England was famous for its needlework in the Middle Ages? Known as Opus Anglicanum, English artistic embroidered products became popular throughout Europe during the Anglo-Saxon period but continued to be renowned up the 14th century.

Although much of the work was done by men (in the later period often in professional urban workshops), there were also associations with religious women and Opus Anglicanum. The example above is thought to be done by Anne de Felbrigge in the 13th century and appears on the binding of a Psalter.

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