The world’s oldest complete Latin Bible in existence is set to return to the UK. After over 1,300 years for display in an exhibition by the British Library next year.
One of the three great single-volume Bibles that available at the monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow. This is returning to England for the first time in 1300 years, after it take to Italy as a gift for the Pope in 716.
The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition will be open at the British Library from October 19, 2018 to February 19, 2019.
The 5th to the 11th centuries, the exhibition will explore this “long, dynamic period”. When the English language was used and written down for the first time and a kingdom of England first create.
The library inform a key theme in the exhibition will be the development of the English language and the emergence of English literature.
“We will explore the use of writing on inscribe objects. And in documents as well as in books, and will present highlights of the bilingual literary culture. The major works of Old English poetry survive in only four manuscripts. And all four will bring together at the British Library next autumn for the first time”.
Unique Holy Book
The unique manuscript of Beowulf hold in the British Library. It will be display with the Vercelli Book on loan from the Biblioteca Capitolare in Vercelli. While the Exeter Book on loan from Exeter Cathedral Library and the Junius Manuscript on loan from the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Though this will be the first time that the Vercelli Book in England in at least 900 years,”
A significant number of the exhibits never seen together before and some not reunite for centuries.