British Library raising funds to buy St. Cuthbert Gospel

The British Library has begun a fund-raising campaign to purchase the 7th century St. Cuthbert Gospel from the British branch of the Society of Jesus. The small book, with its tooled leather cover, was discovered when the coffin of the Saint was opened in the 12th century. (photos)

"The St. Cuthbert Gospel is an almost miraculous survival from the Anglo-Saxon period, a beautifully preserved window into a rich, sophisticated culture that flourished some four centuries before the Norman Conquest," said the library's chief executive, Lynne Brindley.