Echternach Gospels: Folio 75 Verso

Echternach Gospels: Folio 75 Verso; the Lion, symbol of St. Mark.


The Echternach Gospels — also known as the Willibrord Gospels — is an VIII century Gospel Book in the Insular style from the library of the monastery of Echternach, Luxembourg. It is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris (MS Lat. 9389). The manuscript was written by the same scribe that wrote the Durham Gospels.

The book was probably manufactured at Lindisfarne and may have been prepared for St. Willibrord (658-739), a monk from Northumbria in England, known as Apostle of the Frisians, who served as a missionary in what is now The Netherlands.

The Echternach Gospels contains a colophon stating that the text was copied from a specimen which had been revised in 558 by Eugippius, abbot of a monastery near Naples, confirming that the Irish and Anglo-Saxon scribes had access to manuscripts from the Continent.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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