Meaning - to society
Christianity helped to transform Anglo-Saxon society, but
also preserved its traditions.
The Lindisfarne Gospels displays a vision of Christianity
that was inclusive, welcoming to all. It wanted
to emphasise a new culture that stretched from Britain and
Ireland to the farthest shores of the Mediterranean and which
was related to other faith traditions.
You could tell a Pict, a Copt, a Frank, an Angle or a Saxon
by their appearance. Dress and jewellery could signal identity, belief and status in well-recognised ways.
We do the same today.
Visual references in the Lindisfarne Gospels would have been widely understood. Bringing them together in one book
brought a sense of cohesion and identity to a new Christian
nation. It was also a reflection of what was happening socially
and politically as many cultures contributed to an emergent