Gospel lectionary from Berat

Description

This lectionary was completed in 1413. The scribe George Siderokastrites wrote it at the Monastery of St Marina in Berat (Albania). 

It is written on Italian paper and decorated throughout with headpieces in red, black and green ink, and occasional marginal illustrations. At the beginning is a portrait of St John the Evangelist done in coloured inks.

It is bound in a 15th-century cover, possibly the original binding, of stamped red leather.

A list of books belonging to the Monastery of St Marina can be found on the first folio.

The manuscript was in Berat until 1900, when it was seen by a scholar cataloguing the manuscripts of the churches and monasteries of that city. It then came into the possession of John Eleutheriou of Corfu. The British Museum acquired the manuscript along with eleven others from J. S. Dawes, chaplain at Corfu, in 1904.

Full title:
Gospel lectionary from Berat
Created:
1413
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Greek
Creator:
George Siderokastrites (scribe)
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 37008

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