Illuminated Manuscripts


  • Early Anglo-Saxon manuscript illumination forms part of a combination of influences from Mediterranean, Celtic and Germanic styles that arose when the Anglo-Saxons encountered Irish missionary activity (particularly in Northumbria, at Lindisfarne and Iona).


  • Production of a manuscript was slow and demanding, laborious, and always expensive.


  • The most luxurious manuscripts were illuminated using decorations and pictures in brightly-coloured pigments and gold leaf.