The world’s only full-sized replica of the Codex Amiatinus goes on show at Bede’s World from this Sunday 18th May. Come along and marvel at this copy of one of the most impressive manuscripts of medieval times.
The Codex Amiatinus is the lost masterpiece of Bede’s Wearmouth–Jarrow monastery scriptorium. Benedict Biscop, founder of the monastery, travelled to Rome six times during his life, bringing back relics, treasures and books to build his monastery into the powerhouse of learning it became. The Codex was inspired by one of these books, the community ….. creating one of the most impressive of all medieval manuscripts. It was intended to be a present for the Pope. This huge bible is now the oldest complete Latin bible in the world. The original is in the Laurentian Library in Florence, but is too fragile to travel, and we are lucky to be lent the only full-size replica.
The replica has been lent by the abbey of San Salvatore on Monte Amiata, Tuscany, which was home to the Codex Amiatinus for a thousand years. (It is displayed with an explanatory panel designed by our Publicity Officer Christina Unwin and our Hon. Vice President Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp.)
THE 57th JARROW LECTURE at St Paul’s Church, Church Bank, Jarrow. NE32 EDZ
The sign of Jonah: theology and scripture in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History
A lecture by Dr Jennifer O’Reilly (University College, Cork) on Friday 23 May at 7.30pm