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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Lindisfarne Gospels and Frankish MSS: contrasts and comparisons

19th November 2013, 17:30, The Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral , Prof. David Ganz, Emeritus Professor of Palaeography

While the Lindisfarne Gospels have frequently been considered in the context of Insular manuscript illumination and Insular art, less attention has been paid to continental manuscript decoration. This lecture will draw attention to the new kind of luxury illustrated book produced at the monastery of Luxeuil in Burgundy, and to the earliest decorated Gospel Book from Merovingian Gaul, including a manuscript of the New Testament copied at Corbie.

Not only Gospel Books but also the books of the liturgy and even illuminated historical texts have survived. The lecture will also explore the Ashburnham Pentateuch, a copy of the Old Testament with full page illustrations, of uncertain date and origin. Placing the Lindisfarne Gospels in their European context makes it clearer in which ways they are innovative. 

David Ganz has taught Medieval Latin and Latin Palaeography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and King's College London, and is Visiting Professor of Palaeography at the Medieval Institute, The University of Notre Dame. He has published on English and European manuscripts in the Cambridge Medieval History and the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. In 2012 he gave the Lowe lectures in Oxford, on Latin Manuscript Books before 800, which he is preparing for publication. 

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Birley Room, Hatfield College.

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.