UK library acquires key early gospel for $14 million
- LONDON (Reuters) - A seventh century gospel discovered in a saint's coffin more
than 900 years ago, and the oldest European book to survive fully intact, has
been acquired by the British Library for nine million pounds ($14 million), the
library said on Tuesday.
The manuscript copy of the Gospel of St. John called the St. Cuthbert Gospel was produced in the northeast of England in the late 7th century and was placed in the saint's coffin on the island of Lindisfarne, probably in 698.
His remains were carried to the mainland when the monks and people of the island fled Viking invaders, and ended up in Durham where the coffin was opened in 1104 and the gospel discovered.
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