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St Margaret's Gospel Book 20th Aug 2007
St Margaret's Gospel
The Gospel Book of Queen Margaret of Scotland now on view at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

In 1887, the Bodleian Library in Oxford purchased a medieval Gospel Book from a second-hand book-shop. It took the keen eye of a 22-year old scholar, Lucy Hill, to realise that an added poem at the front, confirmed that the book had originally belonged to Queen Margaret of Scotland. Living in the eleventh century, Margaret of Scotland was renowned for her goodness, learning and compassion, and after her death was canonised as a saint. Much of what modern scholars know of her life comes from her precious gospel book – which was carried everywhere by the young queen. St Margaret’s Gospel Book has recently gone on display at the Bodleian Library and one of the few to have studied it is Rebecca Rushforth, an expert in Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. She's now written her own book about the gospel book and its owner. When Lizz Pearson met Rebecca at the Library, she explained why the book was of such significance to Margaret.

St Margaret's Gospel Book: The Favourite Book of an Eleventh Century Queen of Scots, by Rebecca Rushforth - Bodleian Library Publishing, Oxford, 2007 ISBN: 1851243704

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