English copy of Bede's Commentary on the Gospel of St Luke


The Venerable Bede (b. c. 673, d. 735), whose greatest work was the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, also wrote a large number of works on science, music, poetry and biblical commentary, including on the Gospel of St Luke. His commentaries were intended to help learned audiences interpret the Scriptures.

This 12th-century manuscript copy was produced in the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary in Reading. A 13th-century ownership inscription inside the book confirms that it belonged to the Abbey. The inscription also includes an anthema, or curse. Medieval librarians commonly added curses to books to prevent readers from stealing or damaging works. The curse reads Quem qui celaverit vel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit (Anyone who conceals or does damage to it, may he be cursed).

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Bede, In Lucae Evangelium Expositio
2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century, Reading
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Egerton MS 2204

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