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Happy St George's Day! Image: Detail of a miniature of George fighting the dragon, in a Book of Hours: France, c. 1430-1440 (London, British Library, MS Harley 2900, f. 55r).

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Europe's oldest book: Ancient Lindisfarne gospel which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in a saint's coffin for centuries

Europe's oldest book: St Cuthbert's gospel (AD698) which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in his coffin for centuries is bought for the nation for £ 9m

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Europe's oldest book: Ancient Lindisfarne gospel which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in a saint's coffin for centuries

For Margie - Europe's oldest book: St Cuthbert's gospel (AD698) which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in his coffin for centuries is bought for the nation for £ 9m

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World's first illustrated Christian bible discovered at Ethiopian monastery

illuminated Bible from Abuna Garima monastery in Ethiopia. the book dates to between the 4th and 7th centuries AD, making this the earliest known illuminated Bible

Scotland's oldest book - Edinburgh University. The Celtic Psalter is described as Scotland's Book of Kells. The pocket sized book of Psalms is housed at the University, where it went on display in 2009 for the first time. Created in the 11th century AD making it Scotland's oldest surviving book at 938 years old!

I think it's sad how reading books & really getting involved in the story makes me happier than living my own life. I escape reality when I read, and I love it.

Discovery of earliest illuminated manuscript - What could be the world’s earliest illustrated Christian manuscript has been found in a remote Ethiopian monastery. The Garima Gospels were previously assumed to date from about 1100AD, but radiocarbon dating conducted in Oxford suggests they were made between 330 and 650AD.

The Book of Kells is written in an insular majuscule script which was the calligraphy used by the Irish and British monks for their fine manuscripts. Although parts of the Gospel of John and some other material have been lost, the Book remains one of the most spectacular pieces of Insular Art ever created; a beautiful, elaborate fusion of Celtic and Christian cultures.

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Top 5 Best Websites for Free Ebooks

Top 5 Best Websites for Free Ebooks. I can't decide if I want one of these or not.