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Very rare medieval bible ‘bears witness’ to Christian history re-discovered

A page from the Lyghfield Bible (Cathedral of Canterbury)

An extremely rare medieval bible has been re-discovered and returned to the cathedral was taken from 500 years ago.

The Bible was written in the late 13th century, the Cathedral of Canterbury, in the united kingdom, which is now in possession of the medieval artifact. Known as the Lyghfield Bible after the 16th – century Cathedral of Canterbury, a monk who once owned, the 690-page volume, written on parchment or vellum, which is made from animal skin. The Cathedral is described on the pages of the Bible to be almost “tissue-like” in quality.

Written in the Latin script, the Bible, which is probably produced in Paris, also features intricate decorations on the pages.

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The Cathedral of Canterbury, which was already a place of worship for 1,400 years old, is the “mother church” of the Anglican Communion. The World Heritage Site, which is also the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior clergyman in the Church of England.

The Lyghfield Bible with (left to right) Canon Librarian, the Revd Tim Naish, Head of the Archives and the Library Cressida Williams, and the dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Robert Willis. (Cathedral Of Canterbury)

The Bible disappeared from the Cathedral of the collection of the monastic books 500 years ago, during the Reformation, when the Church of England separated from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Cathedral of Canterbury, the monastic community was dissolved during the Reformation and most of the volumes in the library were dispersed, destroyed, or dismantled for reuse. Experts are not sure exactly what has happened with the Lyghfield Bible, but note that the volume was recently purchased for $129,416 from a private seller with a specialist in the sale of manuscripts in London.

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The UK’s National Heritage Memorial Fund contributed in the direction of $124,240 in the direction of the acquisition and additional funding received from the Friends of the National Galleries, the Friends of the Cathedral of Canterbury, and a private donation.

The Lyghfield Bible is one of approximately 30 books that have been preserved from the Cathedral of the pre-Reformation Library, which once housed thousands of volumes.

“It is of the utmost importance to us here in our collections a copy of the core Christian texts, which was in the possession of one of the last monks of the medieval monastic community,” said Cressida Williams, Head of the Archives and the Library in the Cathedral of Canterbury, in a statement. The bible bears witness to the upheavals of the Reformation, a time in which described what the Cathedral is today, and will play an important role in telling the visitors of our story.”

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Other artifacts are also shedding new light on the U. K. ‘ s rich history. For example, the bloodthirsty design of a letter from King Henry VIII, in which he asked for a monk’s violent death is exhibited in the north of England.

In the 16th-century death sentence, the famous king orders that the abbot of Norton Abbey in the North of England to be “hanged, drawn and quartered,” but then decides that the pastor should simply be hanged.

The 1536 letter, which is on loan from the UK’s National Archives, is on view at the Norton Priory Museum in Runcorn.

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Henry VIII ‘ s reign was a turbulent period, marked by religious tension as the King severed England, Wales and Ireland, the relationship with the Catholic Church in Rome. The Actions of the power in 1534 and recognized the King as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

Two years later, the king was responsible for the Dissolution of the Monasteries, attempting to destroy the country, the Catholic monastic system and seize its assets.

Last year archaeologists in London discovered the remains of Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

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The palace stood on the site now occupied by the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, south east London. Two rooms of the Tudor-era palace were found when the ground beneath the Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall was being prepared for a new visitor centre.

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