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The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the world's greatest books.

It was probably made between 680 and 720, in the island monastery of Lindisfarne. It is the work of a very gifted artist who merged words and images to create a beautiful, enduring symbol of faith.

The monastery at Lindisfarne was founded by Irish monks in 635. It lies off the coast of the former Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria (NE England). Although remote, it was certainly not cut off culturally. The Lindisfarne Gospels reflect many influences: native British, Celtic, Germanic, Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, North African and Middle Eastern.

This was a time of great change. Britain was a land of many cultures, with an emerging national identity and vigorous new forms of learning, literature and art. The Lindisfarne Gospels was a stunning creation of this new 'insular' (or island) culture.

The Lindisfarne Gospels is certainly a book of its time - a fusion of the beliefs, politics and challenges of the day. But it is also timeless. It offers us clues to the past and inspiration for the future.

 



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