The Winchester Bible

The Winchester Bible was one of the finest representations of the medieval Bibles produced in England in the 12th century!

Large Bibles, like the Winchester Bible, were designed for public use in churches. The artwork vividly depicted scenes from the Bible and became “words” for many people who couldn’t read.

The Latin text of the Winchester Bible was handwritten on 468 sheets of parchment measuring approximately 23x15 inches—imagine a large picture frame.

One scribe copied the text with a quill, while another scribe checked and corrected his work. Artists painted the large initial letters with red, green, and blue ink. Expensive gold leaf was added for yet another layer of beauty.

The Winchester Bible has remarkably survived, today on display in England’s Winchester Cathedral Library.

Engage with the Bible—preserved throughout the centuries!

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