This lavishly illustrated book explores the early history and significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels, widely regarded as the finest surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscript of the early Christian era in England, and an unquestioned masterpiece of medieval calligraphy and illumination. The book is written by Professor Richard Gameson of Durham University, the UK's leading expert on early medieval manuscripts and illumination. The publishers have been afforded rare access to the Lindisfarne Gospels by the British Library to enable superb colour reproduction on images of all of the illuminated folios from the manuscript. The volume is published to the highest standards of international fine art publishing. 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.
In this important book Professor Gameson 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. Throughout these travels, and after their final arrival in Durham, the Lindisfarne Gospels were preserved, glossed and above all treasured - for themselves and for their connection to St Cuthbert, who increasingly came to be regarded as the greatest saint of the North. 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 From Holy Island to Durham: The Contexts and Meanings of The Lindisfarne Gospels by Richard Gameson was published by Third Millennium Information in July 2013 and is our 48901st best seller. The ISBN for The From Holy Island to Durham: The Contexts and Meanings of The Lindisfarne Gospels is 9781908990105.