Librarian’s Pick #7: The Brittany Gospels

St John’s Oldest Book: The Brittany Gospels (MS 194)

by Petra Hofmann, College Librarian

St John’s oldest book is an inconspicuous Gospel codex, a little smaller than a standard Penguin paperback. The book was produced in the late 9th/ early 10th-century, probably in Brittany but some scholars have suggested England, too. During the Middle Ages further elements (illustrations, prayers, and a charter) were added to the Gospels. The volume offers tantalising glimpses about its past but also leaves us wondering.

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