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    Why Europe's Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a Saint's Coffin

    Why Europe's Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a Saint's Coffin

    The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book. Some time around 698, it was slipped into the coffin of a saint.

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    There are some interesting links within the article, too.
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    What a wonderful object. I believe it will feature in this exhibition I posted on for anyone who can get to London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonikW View Post
    What a wonderful object. I believe it will feature in this exhibition I posted on for anyone who can get to London.

    https://anthrogenica.com/showthread....owulf-and-Bede
    It is indeed a beautiful book and in amazingly good condition, too. I read your post also and if you go, I hope you have a wonderful time. It looks like it’s going to be an excellent exhibit!

    Take some pictures ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcB View Post
    It is indeed a beautiful book and in amazingly good condition, too. I read your post also and if you go, I hope you have a wonderful time. It looks like it’s going to be an excellent exhibit!

    Take some pictures ;-)
    I will if they allow it! Last time I was in the British Library I was told off for snapping the Lindisfarne Gospels without flash. Then they caught me on a different codex. "That's the second time I've told you." I think my whole family was embarrassed by that one. Refreshingly I've noticed that pics without flash are allowed in most galleries and exhibitions now so I hope that will apply here.
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    It was the Book itself that was the symbol, and Icon, of early christianity, long before the crucifixtion/cross became the icon it is today.

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