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Images of The St. Chad Gospels

Summary description of the Manuscript, from the Wikipedia article:

The Lichfield Gospels (also known as the Chad Gospels, the Book of Chad, the Gospels of St. Chad, St. Teilo Gospels, the Llandeilo Gospels, and numerous variations on these) is an eighth century Insular Gospel Book housed in Lichfield Cathedral. There are 236 surviving folios, eight of which are illuminated. Another four contain framed text. The pages themselves measure 30.8 cm by 23.5 cm. The manuscript is also important because it includes, as marginalia, some of the earliest known examples of written Welsh. Peter Lord dates the book at 730, placing it chronologically before the Book of Kells but after the Lindisfarne Gospels. The manuscript was rebound in 1962 by Roger Powell. At that time it was discovered that in the rebinding of 1862 the manuscript had been cut into single leaves and that the pages had been trimmed during the rebinding of 1707.

The Project

Editing the Manuscript

There are various online presentations of the digital imagery of the St. Chad Gospels, most recently an innovative narrative interface at the University of Kentucky. There is no systematic, scholarly treatment of this body of data that can be considered an “edition”, that is, a body of image, textual, and descriptive data that is subject to verification and that captures the semantic relationships that define any significant book.

Thanks to the Lichfield Cathedral, and particularly its former Canon Chancellor Pete Wilcox, and the University of Kentucky’s Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, who have provided access to these images under a Creative Commons License we are able not merely to browse through the images of the St. Chad Gospel, but to work with them directly, documenting their contents.

This page contains a simple catalog of images, each linked to a dynamic view and to an “image citation tool” that allows the creation of canonical, machine-actionable citations to regions of interest, the first prerequisite for systematic editing of a manuscript.

Principal Editors

Editor Institution
C. Blackwell Furman University
B. Seales University of Kentucky
N. Smith College of the Holy Cross

Questions to:

This data is the result of research from the University of Kentucky under the leadership of Brent Seales during the summer of 2010, with the kind permission of the Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral and the generous cooperation of Canon Chancellor Pete Wilcox.

The digital images are Copyright 2010 The Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral and are made available for use under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. IIS–0535003, 0916148, & 0916421. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

A complete archive of the Lichfield data is available for browsing and direct downlad at the Homer Multitext Digital Archive, a resource provided by the University of Houston’s Center for High Performance Computing.

Transcription, editing, and indexing of this body of data is an ongoing collaborative project. The principal editor have been, to date:

Editor Institution
Bonnie Lewis University of Kentucky
Tony Brown Furman University
Leah Eldar Furman University
Tucker Hannah Furman University
Hannah Pittman Furman University

List of Images