Medieval gospel books: Databank

There are a number of gospel books surviving from roughly around the time of the Book of Kells. The links below are digital reproductions of books made for the Insular and continental Church.

Illustrated Insular gospel books

Book of Kells, Dublin, TCD MS 58

Codex Usserianus Primus, Dublin, TCD MS 55

Book of Durrow, Dublin, TCD MS 57

Book of Dimma, Dublin, TCD MS 59

Book of Mulling, Dublin, TCD MS 60

Garland of Howth, Dublin, TCD MS 56

Book of Armagh, Dublin, TCD MS 52

St Gall Gospels, St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 51

Lindisfarne Gospels, London, BL Cotton MS Nero D IV

Codex Eyckensis, Maaseik, Church of St Catherine

Echternach Gospels, Paris, BnF MS lat. 9389

Gospel book, British Library Add MS 40618

Gospel of St John , St. Gallen Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 60

Selected continental gospel books and bibles

Gospel books in the Bibliothèque national de France

Harley ‘Golden’ Gospels, London, BL Harley MS 2788

The Moutier-Grandval Bible, London, BL Add MS 10546

‘The Bodmin Gospels’ or ‘St Petroc Gospels’, London, BL Add MS 938

Gospel Book, London, BL Add MS 11848

Gospel Book, BL Add MS 11849

Ingolstadt Gospel Book, Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 27270

Gospel Book, Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 28561

Gospel Book, Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 14222

Gospel Book Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 22311

Gospel Book, Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 17011

Gospel Book, Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 6215

Gospels of Saint-Riquier, Abbeville Bibliothèque municipale Ms. 4

Gospel book, Amiens Bibliothèque municipale Ms. 26

Gospel book (Pürten Book of Miracles), Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 5250

In the comments section below:

  • Follow the links to look at some of the examples of gospel books both from the insular world and continental Europe.

  • What significant differences do you notice between these and the Book of Kells? Why might this be the case?

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