Earliest surviving manuscript of Bible to go on display

Codex Amiatinus dates back to early 8th century

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A giant Bible is returning to Britain after more than 1,300 years to go on display, alongside the oldest surviving will written by a woman, in an exhibition on treasures of the Anglo Saxon world.

Codex Amiatinus was made in a monastery in Wearmouth-Jarrow in Northumbria, in the early 8th Century. It is the earliest complete surviving manuscript of a Bible in Latin.

Measuring a foot thick, the "extraordinary object" was described by the British Library's chief executive Roly Keating as "one of the great acts of creative book production of the entire millennium". Announcing the library's 2018 highlights, Mr Keating said: "It was gifted to the Pope in the year 716 and has been in Italy ever since."

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