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. The manuscript includes material on St Cuthbert as part of the history of the community which settled at Durham. The first letter of the 'Places of the Life of Cuthbert' begins with a historiated initial (first letter bearing a picture) of the saint wearing a bishop's mitre.