The nest of thieves and robbers of the British Library, London, England robbing the proliteriat to view the Holy Bible “The Codex Amiatinus and The Lindisfrane Gospels”!
Codex Amiatinus, the earliest complete Latin Bible, has returned to the British Library for the first time in over 1,300 years ago for display in the exhibition. This giant illuminated Bible was made at Wearmouth-Jarrow in Northumbria in the early 8th century. Abbot Ceolfrith took it with him on his final voyage to Italy, as a gift to the Pope in 716. It is now held in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence which is generously loaning the manuscript. It will be shown with the St Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest intact European book, which was also made at Wearmouth-Jarrow and was acquired by the British Library in 2012.
The two books are very different: while the St Cuthbert Gospel, which contains only the Gospel of John, can be held in one hand, the spine of Codex Amiatinus, containing the whole Bible, is nearly a foot thick. These two books will be exhibited alongside the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of Britain’s greatest artistic treasures, and other illuminated manuscripts of international significance made in the late 7th and 8th centuries.
Name: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War
Location: PACCAR Gallery
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When: Fri 19 Oct 2018 – Tue 19 Feb 2019
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Copy of the dedication page of Codex Amiatinus, from the Anonymous Life of Ceolfrith: Harley MS 3020, f. 33r
Codex Amiatinus is now preserved in the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence. It will be returning for the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition (19 October 2018–19 February 2019). You can book your tickets to see this remarkable manuscript here.
The Lindisfarne Gospels are in London in the British Museum Library they were stolen from Durham Cathedral by the thugs of Henry VIII.
I am campaigning for their return to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle and the repatriation of the holy remains of St. Bede from Durham Cathedral to the Roman Catholic churches named after St. Bede in Jarrow and South Shields where he can be venerated in the Roman Catholic tradition.
The Holy Gospels were on display at Durham Cathedral in 2013 and they were charging people £8.00 to view them.
This meant that people on low income or unemployed could not afford to see them yet over 100,000 people viewed them.
I asked the British Library where did the money go…they told me they did not know.
I have had a reply from His Holiness, Pope Francis relating to my quest, I can send attachments of the letter I sent to His Holiness and the reply The Vatican sent me stating; ‘ The Holy Father will remember your intentions in his prayers. He invokes upon you God’s abundant blessings.’
I have also had letters of reply from The Apostolic Nuncio, His Grace, Archbishop Antonio Mennini stating about The Gospels and St. Bede; ‘ This is a matter for The Church of England to decide on, possibly in consultation with the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.’
Also a letter of reply from His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols assuring me of his prayers.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth answered my letter and told me that she had sent my letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
I wrote to him last month but alas no reply.
The Lindisfarne Gospels were created by Roman Catholic scribes and I believe St. Bede had some influence in the translations as he was arguably one of the greatest scribes in the history of the English Roman Catholic Church to which he was solidly dedicated.
I am also calling for the repatriation of the Holy remains of St. Cuthbert to be removed from Durham Cathedral and placed in a fitting Roman Catholic home such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
St. Cuthbert was the greatest Roman Catholic miracle creating saint in all of England and Scotland and I can assure you his miracles will return when he is home.
His shrine along with the shrine of St. Bede were destroyed when Durham Cathedral was desecrated at the hands of the followers of Henry VIII who created The Church of England to suit his demonic ideology and destruction of the Roman Catholic Faith and the veneration of saints in England and the barbaric destruction of monasteries, churches and all things Catholic along with the slaughter of priests.
In Durham Cathedral stands a statue reputedly that of St. Cuthbert next to his tomb his head was cut off during the Reformation.
In his hand he holds the head of St. Oswald who’s head was buried with him.
What a preposterous sad state of affairs to look upon the headless effigy of St. Cuthbert holding the head of another great Roman Catholic saint.
In The Church of England tradition there are no paintings or icons of St. Bede or St. Cuthbert in Durham Cathedral to remind the faithful of these great English saints and this has got to be rectified now!
‘I am Cuthbert, I am Bede, I am Oswald
devout in the Roman Catholic Faith indeed.
Our hearts are broken in Durham Cathedral once
a Roman Catholic House of God now a basilica of doom and gloom.
Our spirits once roamed through the lightened cloisters and our
brethren rejoiced in our places of rest
until the Reformation desecrated our Apostolic quest.
No more to us the Holy Roman Mass and Consecration of the Body and Blood
of our beloved brother Jesus Christ.
Release our darkened bones from these cold, dank, dark sarcophagus
in this now foreign Acropolis.
Take us from this place of woe
to where the Catholic faith does glow
and enjoy our presence forever mo’.
By Francis Joseph Dougan.
I contacted The British Library regarding ownership of The Lindisfarne Gospels and the possibility of them being sent on loan to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle upon Tyne.
I also asked them for information as to what happen with the considerable sums of money that they charged for people to view them when they were on loan to Palace Green Library, Durham during 2013.
The reply is attached and below;
19th February 2015.
Thank you for your correspondence. As you pointed out, the Lindisfarne Gospels were once in the possession of Durham Cathedral Priory, according to Symeon of Durham, who refers to them in his twelfth-century
‘Tract on the Origins and Progress of this the Church of Durham.’
After this period there is very little information on how or when the Lindisfarne Gospels left Durham Cathedral Priory. Lawrence Nowell, an antiquary and lexicographer, is known to have consulted the Lindisfarne Gospels in the 1560s, but he is not believed to have visited Durham.
The name Thomas Turner also appears in the codex, and his annotations have been dated to the early sixteenth century.
The sixteenth-century antiquary Thomas Bowyer (d.1569/70) may also have possessed the manuscript; by 1605, it was in the possession of his son, Robert Bowyer (b. c. 1560, d. 1621), a parliamentary official and politician, who inscribed his signature on the verso page of the second leaf of the manuscript.
In the first few decades of the seventeenth century Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (b. 1571, d. 1631) 1st baronet, antiquary and politician, acquired the manuscript.
It was then passed on to his son, Sir Thomas Cotton (b. 1594, d. 1662), and grandson, Sir John Cotton (b. 1621, d.1702).
The Cotton collection, including the Lindisfarne Gospels, was bequeathed to the nation ‘for Publick Use and Advantage’ by Sir John Cotton at his death in 1702.
When the British Museum was established in 1753, these manuscripts formed one of the foundation collections of the Museum.
The library of the Museum became the British Library in 1973. As you note, the Gospels were recently loaned to Palace Green Library, Durham, for an exhibition, and the accompanying book Richard Gameson, From holy Island to Durham:
The Contexts and Meanings of The Lindisfarne Gospels (2013) contains an excellent analysis of the manuscript’s history.
The Library does not have details of the funding for that exhibition.
Regards Mark Reaveley Customer Services British Library.
Since I raised this issue about the Lindisfarne Gospels being returned to Roman Catholic care takers as they were written by Roman Catholics at Lindisfarne by St Aidfrith and I am in no hesitation that our wonderful St. Bede would have contributed to the translations as he was the greatest translator, scholar alive at that period and lived at St. Paul’s Monastery at Jarrow and he would have been about 26 years old then and Lindisfarne and St. Paul’s would have had a daily communication along with St. Peter’s Abbey in Wearmouth as they were a short boat trip from each other on the same East Coast of England.
I have had letters of reply and support for my quest from His Eminence Cardinal, Vincent Nichols, His Excellency, Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and recently from Rt. Hon Amber Rudd MP.
As one may note from the reply from the British Library the Gospels of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ have been bandied about from pillar to post by God knows who since the Reformation and now being used as a money making venture as over 100,000 people had to pay over £8 per person to view them at Durham this meant that people who were on low pay with a couple of kids or unemployed or pensioners could not afford to view one of the greatest wonders of the world and the source and lifeblood of our civilization.
The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the North East of England and should be returned there into Roman Catholic safekeeping Now!
Written and researched By Francis Joseph Dougan