Northumbrian book production in the seventh and eighth centuries
Drawing on documentary as well as manuscript evidence, this paper explores Northumbrian book production as a whole during the seventh and eighth centuries, examining the types of text that were owned and copied, their patterns of distribution, and the major centres that produced them. Consideration of broader trends in early Northumbrian manuscript-making, along with the factors that influenced them, offers fresh perspectives on the context, nature, and significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels itself.
Richard Gameson, Professor of the History of the Book at Durham University, has published some eighty studies of medieval manuscripts, above all Anglo-Saxon ones; his most recent book is The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain I: c. 400-1100 (2012). His new monograph on the Lindisfarne Gospels – From Lindisfarne to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels – will be published to accompany the exhibitions of the manuscript in Durham in summer 2013.
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