York Gospels

York Gospels

Probably Canterbury (United Kingdom) — Late 10th century and mid-11th century

York Gospels

Add. 1 Minster Library (York, United Kingdom)
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York Gospels

The York Gospels are counted among a small number of manuscripts produced before the Norman Conquest of 1066 that have survived to the present. They were created ca. 990 by monks from Saint Augustine’s monastery in Canterbury and were then taken ca. 1020 to York, where they have been in continuous use at the York Minster for the last 1,000 years. The gorgeously illuminated Gospel Book also has a letter from King Cnut the Great (r. 1016–1035) and records concerning the church’s property in York. It is the only surviving English Gospel Book containing the oaths taken by archdeacons, canons, and vicars choral between the 14th and 16th centuries. In recent years, it has been the subject of scientific research and the DNA analysis of the manuscript has produced numerous important findings for both the study of the manuscript itself and broader fields of study.


Alternative Titles
Evangeliar in York
Size / Format
334 pages / 27.0 × 20.5 cm
Late 10th century and mid-11th century

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 The York Gospels

Commentary: 1 volume by Nicholas Barker and Jonathan J. Alexander
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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