The St Cuthbert Gospel is an early 8th-century pocket Gospel book,
written in Latin. The essentially undecorated text is the Gospel of John
in Latin, written in a script that has been regarded as a model of
elegant simplicity. Its finely decorated leather binding is the earliest
known Western bookbinding to survive, and both the 94 vellum folios and
the binding are in outstanding condition for a book of its age. It is
one of the smallest surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The book takes
its name from Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, North East England, in
whose tomb it was placed, probably a few years after his death in 687.
It was probably a gift from Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey, where it was
written, intended for St Cuthbert's coffin when his remains were placed
behind the altar at Lindisfarne in 698. It presumably remained in the
coffin through its long travels after 875, forced by Viking invasions,
ending at Durham Cathedral. The book was found inside the coffin and
removed in 1104. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England by
Henry VIII between 1536 and 1541, the book passed to collectors, and is
now owned by the British Library.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Cuthbert_Gospel>
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