MINIATURIST, English
(active 2nd quarter 8th century in Echternach)

Gospel Book

725-50
Manuscript (Cod. 61), 300 x 245 mm
Domschatz, Trier

Several manuscripts from the eighth century can be traced from England to northern Europe. There were probably three ways that an Anglo-Saxon community on the Continent could acquire books. It could receive them from the effects of its founder or from the luggage of a visiting Anglo-Saxon missionary. It could write its own manuscripts. It could send to Britain for manuscripts. The second method was easily done, if the monks had exemplars. It is therefore difficult to assign nationality to eight-century books. The Gospel Book at Trier was made by an Anglo-Saxon scribe in collaboration with a Merovingian scribe at Echternach (now in Luxemburg).

The picture shows folio 1v with traditional symbols of the four evangelists: a man for St Matthew, a lion for St Mark, an ox for St Luke, and an eagle for St John.