Italy, late 6th or early 7th century, 10 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (25.7 x 21.3 cm), MS. Auct. D. 2. 14, fols. 79v–80r

This is one of the two earliest extant Gospelbooks known to have been used to spread Christianity in the British Isles. It is written in uncial, a script with rounded letterforms and no lower case found in early medieval Greek and Latin manuscripts. Of Italian origin, the codex reached England by the eighth century at the latest, as indicated by marginal notes in an Anglo-Saxon hand. These pages display Christ’s genealogy in Luke 3:21–4:1. Musical notations were added in the eleventh century for liturgical use.


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