11th-century Gospel-book, produced in Metz


In the Middle Ages, manuscripts necessary for the Mass formed part of a church’s most important treasures, together with other liturgical objects and relics. The value attached to the biblical texts is reflected in the luxurious decoration of this type of book, both inside and out, as seen in this copy of the Gospels, probably made in Metz in Lorraine.

Each Gospel begins with a portrait of the relevant Evangelist, and these and other pages in the book are elaborately decorated or enhanced with gold, silver or purple. Precious materials of different origins and dates were assembled to create an equally impressive treasure-binding. The back cover features an ivory carving of the Crucifixion, made in Constantinople in the 11th century.

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

Full title:
11th-century Gospel-book, produced in Metz
1st half of the 11th century, Metz
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Latin 9391

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