The Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition

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We promised ourselves that we would travel up to Durham again to see this remarkable book that has survived for over 1300 years. The Gospels were written in the North East and resided here for about one hundred and fifty years before being moved for safety to avoid the Vikings. The book travelled around accompanying the body of St.Cuthbert before he was finally laid to rest in Durham Cathedral, However, the Gospels were carried on by the devoted monks to wherever they rested on their journeys. Suffice to say that the Gospels survival to this day is miraculous and it is a priceless artefact that is normally kept in the British Library in London, it's home for some two hundred and fifty years. The skill of the writer Eadfrith has to be marvelled at as it would have taken him years to produce the Gospels complete with the beautiful illustrations used throughout. The Exhibition itself, in the Palace Green Library, also showed several contemporary books loaned from other Institutions, each in their own way as unique as the Lindisfarne Gospels. All in all a truly inspirational exhibition which has been pretty well sold out throughout the three months that it has been on – it closes on the 30th September.


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