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British Library buys St. Cuthbert Gospel
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:51:01 AM »
The British Library purchased a book known as the St. Cuthbert Gospel for 9 million pounds (about $14.3 million).

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The Latin manuscript, known as the St Cuthbert Gospel, is the oldest European book to survive fully intact.
My only weakness is, well, never mind

He said he had a horrible house
I looked in it and learnt to shut my mouth

Come back my dream into my arms, into my arms

London is drowning, and I live by the river

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Re: British Library buys St. Cuthbert Gospel
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 12:23:17 PM »
Wonderful! This will go nicely with the rest of the BL's amazing collection on display. It is not the oldest book in their collection, BTW. That honor goes to the Codex Sinaiticus, the famous 4th-century Greek New Testament!

I've seen the coffin of St. Cuthbert, where this book was buried. It's on display at Durham Cathedral (my favorite in England). Interestingly, also on display there are some early Byzantine textiles---yes, indeed, long-distance trade was INDEED going on during the so-called "Dark" Ages.