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Book cover of Richard Gameson's From Holy Island to Durham: The Contexts and Meanings of The Lindisfarne Gospels, with colored manuscript. Published by Profile Editions.

From Holy Island to Durham

The Contexts and Meanings of The Lindisfarne Gospels

By (author) Richard Gameson


  • The publishers have been afforded rare access to the Lindisfarne Gospels by the British Library to enable superb color reproduction on images of all of the illuminated folios from the manuscript
  • This publication, which has been commissioned in conjunction with a special exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, brings their remarkable story and beauty fully to life
  • The volume is published to the highest standards of international fine art publishing
Full Description

The Lindisfarne Gospels contains a strikingly pure Latin text of the four New Testament Gospels. It was produced at Lindisfarne to the highest standards of the age, using the finest available materials and with illuminations of exquisite artistry. It is, moreover, preserved in near-pristine condition, a circumstance that is all the more remarkable given the Lindisfarne Gospels’ eventful early history. The author examines the spirituality and culture of the community on Holy Island that created the Lindisfarne Gospels around the year 700. He recounts the challenges that the community faced in response to Viking raids and persecutions from the late eighth century, and the epic story of the community’s 200 years of peregrination in the North of England, via a long sojourn at Chester-le-Street, until it eventually settled in Durham as a permanent home in the late tenth century.

About the Author

The book is written by Professor Richard Gameson of Durham University - the UK's leading expert on early medieval manuscripts and illumination.

Profile Editions
31st Jan 2014
USA & Canada
8.59 in x 9.99 in
160 Pages
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