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The Lindisfarne Gospels was a sacred item in its own right and a cult focus. Like other sacred books it was seen as a focus for miracles.

Although the original binding has been lost it is likely that it would have been adorned with treasure bindings or kept in shrines. It would have been seen on the altars of Lindisfarne, Chester-le-Street and Durham and used during important services. Ordinary people would see it from a suitable distance as pilgrims to the shrine. They believed that such relics could heal body and soul. Glimpsing its mysteriously lit pages or covers could change their lives. It symbolised hope and a foretaste of a more beautiful life to come.



 

The upper cover of the 1853 treasure binding of the Lindisfarne Gospels
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