What Are Some Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts?


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Some medieval illuminated manuscripts are the Book of Kells, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the French Book of Hours, the Rochester Bestiary and the Codex Aureus. Medieval illuminated manuscripts include Bibles, gospels, prayer books and liturgical books. Chronicles, bestiaries, songbooks and works of literature are other types of medieval illuminated manuscripts.

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The Book of Kells is an Irish manuscript containing the four Gospels. Written on vellum, some of the pages contain up to 10 colors. Many pages are predominately illustration with only one line of text. It is considered one of the finest examples of an illuminated manuscript.

The Lindisfarne Gospels manuscript comes from the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland, England. It is an example of the insular art characteristic of Britain and Ireland of that time. The Bishop of Lindisfarne created the manuscript to honor Saint Cuthbert.

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