The Lindisfarne Gospels, written and illuminated in the northeast of England at the beginning of the 8th century, is one of the outstanding masterpieces of early medieval European book painting. This accessible and visually inspiring book brings together a range of historical, artistic, archaeological, spiritual and theological perspectives to explore and celebrate a major world treasure. It is lavishly illustrated with full-page colour illustrations of the major pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels, of other related treasures, places and archaeological sites. It is written in a style that is accessible to the informed general public, students and academic researchers, and incorporates exciting new finds such as the Prittlewell burial and the Staffordshire Hoard. It also incorporates new perspectives on relations between the British Isles, continental Europe and the Near East during the early Middle Ages in the light of recent research by the author.
Michelle P Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and Course Tutor to the History of the Book MA at the University of London, and was previously Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She has written many books and articles including The Holkham Bible: A Facsimile (The Folio Society and British Library, 2008), The Lion Companion to Christian Art (Lion Hudson, 2008) and The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality & the Scribe (British Library, 2003).