Friday, July 18, 2008

Lindisfarne Gospels

Page from the Lindisfarne Gospels

One of the most richly decorated manuscripts known. It contains the 4 gospels written in large 'Anglo-Saxon Majuscule' on vellum at the end of the 7th century. It has 258 leaves, with 2 columns of 24 lines on each page. A gloss in 'Anglo-Saxon Minuscule' was inserted between the lines in the 10th century. Thought to have been written and illuminated by Bishop Eadfrith, its decoration is characterized by intricate combinations of interlacing knots, geometric patterns and pen-flourished creatures done in bright colors. It is housed in the British Library. (Rose Folsum)

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