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The Winchester Bible is among the most magnificent illuminated manuscripts made in England in the twelfth century.
Few medieval book covers survive. This bejeweled example depicts the crucified Christ and comes from Charlemagne’s workshop.
This visually dazzling manuscript helped lift King Louis IX to sainthood. A dedication page shows the book’s illuminator at work.
The lavish materials used for this manuscript convey both its patron’s wealth and the sacred text’s dignity.