Thursday, June 26, 2003


St. Cuthbert heals a child, from an illustrated copy of The Life of Cuthbert by the Venerable Bede.

If and when I ever attain significant wealth, I want to buy a few medieval manuscripts and books -- I love the illustration and illumination of the pages. One of the grandest such examples of such a book is the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels, which is the subject of an impressive online exhibition by the British Library. Amazing. (Cuthbert himself wrote some of his translations of the Latin in between the lines of the Lindisfarne book.)

Here are a couple more examples of pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels:

Amazing stuff.

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