Another picture of the 7th century St. Cuthbert gospel. Europe's oldest intact book.
"Europe's oldest book: the 7th century St Cuthbert's Gospel (a copy of the Gospel of St John), was buried with St. Cuthbert on the island of Lindisfarne (off the coast of Northumberland) in ca. AD 698. His coffin was removed to Durham to preserve it from Viking raiders and the book was discovered when the coffin was opened at Durham Cathedral in AD 1104. This is the original red leather binding."
The St Cuthbert Gospel (British Library, London) was produced in the North East of England in the late 7th century and was placed in St Cuthbert’s coffin on Lindisfarne, apparently in 698. The Gospel was found in the saint’s coffin at Durham Cathedral in 1104. It has a beautifully worked original red leather binding in excellent condition, and it is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out.
Europe's oldest book: St Cuthbert's gospel (AD698) which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in his coffin for centuries is bought for the nation for £ 9m
Miniature of a monk (Bede?) kissing the feet of St Cuthbert, from the preface to Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham), 4th quarter of the 12th century.
Bede's Life of St Cuthbert showing Tynemouth - a great combination of North East's finest! The miniature shows two monks at the monastery of Tynemouth praying for the safety of those blown away in a gale, from Chapter 3 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham), 4th quarter of the 12th century, Yates Thompson MS 26, f. 11r
Miniature of St Cuthbert praying to God to change the winds beside the river Tyne; miniature of two monks at the monastery of Tynemouth praying for the safety of those blown away in a gale, from Chapter 3 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham), 4th quarter of the 12th century, Yates Thompson MS 26, ff. 10v-11r
CAROLINGIAN: St. Matthew from the Ebbo Gospels. (The Gospel Book of Archbishop Ebbo of Reims), Hautevillers, France. c. 816-835. National Library, Paris.
This is a finely illuminated and iconographically rich Book of Hours, made in England at the end of the thirteenth century. The manuscript is incomplete and misbound. Its main artist can also be found at work in a Bible, Oxford, Bodleian Library Ms. Auct. D.3.2, and a Psalter, Cambridge, Trinity College Cambridge Ms. O.4.16. The manuscript contains a number of unusual texts including the Hours of Jesus Crucified, and the Office of St. Catherine. The patron of the manuscript is not clear: a…