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The St Chad Gospels are an incomplete 8th century manuscript containing the Latin text of the whole of St Matthew and St Mark, and the first two and a bit chapters of St Luke. It is likely that the rest of St Luke and all of St John have been lost.
What survives consists of 118 leaves (or 236 pages) of vellum (of calf skin), including 8 decorated or ‘illuminated’ pages and four bordered or framed pages.
The book dates from about the year 730 AD, which makes the St Chad Gospels a little older than its cousin, the Book of Kells, and slightly younger than its sister, the Lindisfarne Gospels. It means it is probably about 50 later than the Staffordshire Hoard (the largest ever find of Anglo Saxon gold) discovered just over three miles from the Cathedral in 2009.
The book was probably created to adorn the shrine of St Chad (who died in 672 AD), soon after the first cathedral was built on this site in the year 700. It is a priceless treasure, which embodies and proclaims to this day the Christian Gospel – that is, the good news of God’s love, made known in Jesus Christ.
The book was most recently rebound in 1961 and its oak cover boards date from that time. These firm and heavy surfaces help to keep the vellum pages flat.