Another intriguing thing I found while rattling round the web, an icon of St Cuthbert painted on the spine of a book held in the Cathedral Library, Durham - a collection of medieval books held unusually intact. A rare and wonderful place for a contemplative image, and a reminder of the great reverence in which this 7th century British saint was held before the Reformation. He lived and worked in the kingdom of Northumberland - coincidentally there is an interesting programme available on BBC 'catch-up' right now on the history of Northumberland and the other northern counties which gives an inkling of how it was in Cuthbert's time: Border Country presented by Rory Stewart. Recommended.
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