St. Margaret's Gospel: The Favourite Book of a Queen of Scotland

St. Margaret's Gospel: The Favourite Book of a Queen of Scotland

by Rebecca Rushforth


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, February 25
7 New & Used Starting at $15.00


Margaret was both a saint and a celebrated queen who, with her husband, led Scotland to great acclaim and power in eleventh-century Europe. Her favorite book was an illuminated manuscript of extracts from the gospels, and her personal copy, currently held in the Bodleian Library, is reproduced here for the pleasure of modern readers.

Margaret’s piety, dignity, and compassion made her a beloved figure long after her death. Her illuminated manuscript reveals the depths of her sanctity, opening with a Latin poem relating the one miracle attributed to her, where she preserved this book from damage. Exquisite illustrations transform the script into an arresting treasure, and Rebecca Rushforth uses incisive and comprehensive commentary to explain the story behind the manuscript and set it within Margaret’s historical context. She explores both the creation of the manuscript and its special meaning for Margaret, along with Margaret’s role as a significant figure in British and world history.

A fascinating piece of historical art, St Margaret’s Gospel-Book will be treasured by historians, religious scholars, and classicists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851243709
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication date: 01/15/2007
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.63(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Rushforth is research associate on the Revised Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Charters Project at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University and research fellow in medieval manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews