9th Century Carolingian Gospel
This parchment manuscript was produced in 879 AD in north eastern France and features the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in Latin. It was made for the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the Bald.
"It was written out by the monks Liuthard and Beringer. Seven full-page miniatures show the four evangelists, Charles the Bald enthroned, the Adoration of the Lamb and a Christ in Majesty. It also includes twelve canon tables, ten illuminated initials and incipits. The text is written in golden uncial letters, with each page framed."1The copious decoration is undoubtedly the work of at least three book artists - of varying quality - and is influenced by or modelled after earlier Carolingian manuscripts and designs from a number of major French centres.