Lindisfarne Gospels

ST. MATTHEW.


ST. MATTHEW CARPET PAGE

DETAIL FROM ST. MATTHEW CARPET PAGE


 

ST. MARK

ST. MARK CARPET PAGE

DETAIL OF ST. MARK CARPET PAGE

ST. MARK SYMBOL


 

ST. LUKE

ST. LUKE CARPET PAGE


DETAIL FROM ST. LUKE CARPET PAGE

BEGINNING OF ST. LUKE’S GOSPEL


ST. JOHN

ST. JOHN CARPET PAGE

DETAIL FROM INITIAL PAGE OF GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN


THE TREASURE BINDING FRONT COVER

This was adorned with precious metals and gems by St. Billfrith a former goldsmith who became a priest and hermit. It is thought that in 1539, at the time of the reformation and upon the orders of King Henry V111, the Lindisfarne Gospels was one of the many books seized and that the original treasure binding was removed. In 1853, the Gospels were given a new binding of leather, gold and semi-precious stones at the expense of Edward Maltby, Bishop of Durham.