Lindisfarne Gospels online for the first time

The British Library has announced that digitized copies of two "iconic treasures" from the Anglo Saxon era have been added to the library's Digitised Manuscripts site: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Old English Hexateuch.

This is the first time that both manuscripts have been available online.

From the British Library website:

The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the great masterpieces of medieval western art. Dated conventionally to the first decades of the 8th century, the manuscript is adorned with beautiful carpet-pages, miniatures of the evangelists, and decorated initials. It contains the usual prefatory material and canon-tables, followed by texts of the Gospels of Sts Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The colophon added at the end of the volume declares that the scribe was Eadfrith, bishop of Lindisfarne (698-721), that the book was bound by Æthelwald, and that the metalwork and jewels of its cover were made by Billfrith the Anchorite. The text of the whole manuscript is also notable for containing an interlinear Old English gloss, added by Aldred, provost of Chester-le-Street (fl. 970).

The Old English Hexateuch (BL MS. Cotton Claudius B. IV) is another renowned Anglo-Saxon manuscript. Made in the 11th century, it contains the text of the first 6 books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua), all translated into Old English. A large number of the manuscript's pages have illustrations of key episodes in Biblical history, including Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel. During the Middle Ages, the Old English Hexateuch belonged to the monks of St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury: like the Lindisfarne Gospels, this volume later entered the collection of Sir Robert Cotton.