Codex Amiatinus AD692

This is One of the most important books in the world, and the oldest complete Latin Bible in existence.

Three copies were commissioned by Abbot Ceolfrid at Wearmouth-Jarrow in AD692 as a gift for the Pope. In AD716 Ceolfrid died on a journey to deliver this gift, leaving fellow monks to take the book on to Rome. The surviving copy resurfaced in the Tuscan monastery of Monte Amiata in the ninth century.

With the original held in Florence’s Laurentian Library and a replica now housed at the Tuscan monastery, the Codex at Jarrow Hall remains the only other full-sized copy in the world.

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