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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (20 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712358013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358019
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers arresting insights and is especially successful in setting the Lindisfarne Gospels within its broad cultural and historical context. . . . [A] splendid volume that will have wide appeal, providing readers with a magisterial evaluation of this most beautiful of early medieval manuscripts. "Medieval Review" --Timothy Graham "Medieval Review ""

About 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).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By white lady on 17 Mar. 2011
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This ia marvellous book written by one of the leading academics on the Lindisfarne Gospels. The book sets the Gospels into the text of the "then" - when they were created. A very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara M Spence on 2 Aug. 2013
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I could not put this book down due to the accessible writing style, plenty of detail but not overwhelming. Each chapter has a clear focus and reads like a detective story. As I had already planned to visit the Durham exhibition this summer I will now have a much greater appreciation of the world of Cuthbert and those who wrote, illuminated and bound this fabulous treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heretic666 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2014
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This is like the expanded version of the authors previous work "The Painted Labyrinth" as in more plates but much more text. The P.L. gave a summary of the context both in time and location but this book goes much farther in detail.
there is even a chapter on sourcing and preparation of the skins before the book is even started and comparisons with previous and contemporary works of a similar nature. The chemical compositions of the pigments are summarised after various methods of analysis have been collated and compared with contemporary items.
The biographical detail is astounding in its depth as all the possible contributors and workers on the book are discussed or dismissed. The minutiae of the details and possible permutations and symbolism is disussed at length to help define what could be a definitive gloss.
Christian, Pictish, Irish and Scottish artefacts are pictured where there might have been overspill from culture to culture or influences.
There are four hundred and seventyfive pages in this oversized paperback starting with thrtytwo full page colour plates. One hundred and fifty items figured in the text, some in colour show the amount of detail the author is willing to explore and curatorship of illuminated manuscripts at the British Museum gives her both access and perfect credentials for a book like this.Twenty pages of bibliography gives a clue to the extent of further source material.
If you are able to master this text you would probably be able to give a fifteen minute lecture on the subject
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By liz on 21 May 2013
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I bought this book as a present for a friend and took a sneak look before wrapping it up. I was most impressed by the layout, photographs, and text. The overall quality of the book was beautiful and would be an excellent addition to any coffee table collection. I understand my friend is delighted with the book too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By octobergirl49 on 16 Feb. 2012
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I bought this item as a back-up visual item for a Y4 R.E. module covering Eadfrith and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The children's reaction was a gasp of awe as they realised just how much work,talent, passion and patience had been used to give these Gospels the delight and importance placed upon them today. Worth every penny of the £17 paid just for the reaction alone. Well presented and beautifully depicted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J Graveson on 1 Sept. 2013
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Brilliant book - Michelle Brown at her best.glad to find it as I was visiting the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham.
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