Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War
19 October 2018 – 19 February 2019
This landmark exhibition explores the history, art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.
Spanning six centuries, from the eclipse of Roman Britain to the Norman Conquest, highlights from the British Library’s outstanding collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts are presented alongside a large number of exceptional loans.
The Codex Amiatinus, one of three giant single-volume Bibles made at the monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow in the early 8th century and taken to Italy as a gift for the Pope in 716, returns to England for the first time in more than 1300 years, on loan from Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence. It is displayed with the St Cuthbert Gospel, also made at Wearmouth-Jarrow around the same time, and acquired by the British Library in 2012.
Other highlights include a number of major objects from the Staffordshire Hoard, found in 2009, including the pectoral cross and the inscribed gilded strip; the four principal manuscripts of Old English poetry, including the unique manuscript of Beowulf, which are brought together for the first time; and the Domesday Book.