Europe's oldest book: Ancient Lindisfarne gospel which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in a saint's coffin for centuries
Europe's oldest book: the 7th century St Cuthbert's Gospel (a copy of the Gospel of St John), was buried with St. Cuthbert on the island of Lindisfarne (off the coast of Northumberland) in ca. AD 698. His coffin was removed to Durham to preserve it from Viking raiders and the book was discovered when the coffin was opened at Durham Cathedral in AD 1104. This is the original red leather binding.