Europe’s Oldest Book Was Found in the Tomb of a Saint

Helen Flatley

Source: The Vintage News

September 30, 2018


Europe’s oldest book is soon to go on display in a new exhibition at London’s British Library.

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War will feature a number of incredible artifacts and manuscripts, including the Domesday Book and the beautifully illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels.

However, one of the star attractions is set to be a 1,300 year-old, small red book.

The St. Cuthbert Gospel is a landmark in the history of European publishing.

It is the oldest surviving European book that is still held together in its original leather binding.

Despite its small size, this incredible manuscript can tell us a great deal about books in the early Middle Ages, including how they were made, and more importantly, how they were used.

The St. Cuthbert Gospel has long been shrouded in mystery, but historians working at the British Library have recently dated it to the late 7th century.

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Helen Flatley


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