This opulent copy of the Gospels was perhaps made as a gift from the bishop, Thierry I (r. 965-984) to the cathedral of St Stephen in Metz. The text, script and decoration show many similarities with other Gospel-books produced in Metz, and may reflect Carolingian models, as well as contemporary Ottonian illumination.
The binding of this book is equally magnificent, featuring inset ninth-century carved ivory plates. The central panel is divided into three parts, representing events from the early life of Christ: the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Massacre of the Innocents.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Emilia Henderson
- Christian religion and belief, Art and illumination, Making manuscripts
Manuscripts decorated in the Franco-Saxon style are some of the most visually stunning signs of the flow of inspiration and connections across the English Channel in the early Middle Ages. Emilia Henderson examines the design and production of these works.
- Article by:
- Charlotte Denoël
- Christian religion and belief, Making manuscripts, Art and illumination
A binding is an essential component of a manuscript, designed to hold it together and to protect it from wear and tear. Charlotte Denoël discusses the aesthetic and symbolic value of medieval bindings on books used ceremoniously and for study.