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Lindisfarne


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A small island off the coast of Northumberland, north of the Farne Islands. Linked to the mainland by a causeway exposed only at low tide, it is the site of a church and monastery founded by St Aidan in 635, which was a missionary centre of the Celtic Church. The sacking of Lindisfarne at the end of the 8th century was one of the first indicators of the coming Viking raids on Britain.

Lindisfarne Gospels a manuscript of the four gospels which was probably written to mark the canonization of St Cuthbert in 698; the illuminations and decorative capitals show elements of Celtic and Byzantine design.

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