The Fécamp Gospel-book was produced in the 10th century in Winchester, a royal centre in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. By the early 11th century, England held close ties with Normandy. Queen Emma (b. c. 985, d. 1052), sister of Duke Richard II of Normandy and wife of the English kings Æthelred (r. 978–1013, 1014–1016) and then Cnut (r. 1016–1035), was a benefactor of the Norman abbey of the Trinity at Fécamp. She gifted the Abbey luxury items including this book.
This Gospel-book’s decoration features initial letters written in red, green and gold. Manuscript evidence has revealed that the work may have originally featured illuminated page decoration, possibly author portraits or decorated initials to open the books of the four Evangelists.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.