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Lindisfarne Gospels (about 680-720)

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Lindisfarne Gospels
British Library Cotton MS Nero D.IV
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The Lindisfarne Gospels, one of Britain's greatest art treasures, was probably made on Holy Island in Northumbria (North-East England), in the late seventh or early eighth century. The artist-illuminator was called Eadfrith. Although written in Latin, the manuscript contains the oldest surviving translation of the Gospels into English, added between the lines around 970.

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