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The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Making of Northumbria

Photo of the Lindisfarne Gospels

Monday 10th October 6pm

A lecture by Professor Michelle Brown

Live | £5

2022 marks the 1300th anniversary of the death of Bishop Eadfrith, maker of the Lindisfarne Gospels, an international landmark of faith and culture and of Northumbrian identity.

The book was made by one committed person, on behalf of all, on the tidal Holy Island in the early 8th century, as the focal point of the shrine of St Cuthbert - Cuddy - and is replete with meaning and messages for its viewers. What can its intricate pages of Celtic, Germanic and Mediterranean fusion-art, its pigments and pages and its beautiful and important handwritten text reveal to us about relationships between neighbours and world leaders, humans and the natural world, faith and science and the quest to connect with the Divine?

In this talk Michelle Brown, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the University of London and former Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, will share her latest thoughts on what makes this book so special, not only in the 8th century but also today.

(If you would prefer to book directly over the phone, please call the Library Desk team on 0191 232 0192 and they will be happy to help)