Aidan, an Irish monk from Iona, founded the monastery of Lindisfarne about 635. It became identified with the Anglo-Saxon ascetic, Cuthbert, who became bishop of Lindisfarne (685). After Cuthbert's death miracles were reported at his grave, leading to the building of a shrine for his relics--and probably the creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels as a commemorative act. With the Viking invasions, the community left Lindisfarne about 875, eventually finding safety at Durham in 995, where a miracle indicated they should found their new monastery. Durham has since then been the sanctuary of St Cuthbert. This manuscript has copies of documents relating to Durham together with histories on Cuthbert's community and church. From the beginning, the kings of Northumbria supported the monastery at Lindisfarne. King Oswald and Aidan were close friends. Royal involvement is apparent in the documents and histories of Lindisfarne and Durham. This section of a history of Lindisfarne begins with a picture of a Northumbrian king.