Last week we were lucky enough to get invited to the private view opening of the brand new exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War at the fantastic British Library on Euston Road in London. The exhibition is mind-boggling when you actually stop and think of the age of these treasures and features some truly amazing artefacts including the beautifully illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, Beowulf and Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, alongside other magnificent finds from Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest discovery of Saxon gold ever discovered. The world-famous Domesday Book offers its unrivalled depiction of the landscape of late Anglo-Saxon England while Codex Amiatinus, an absolutely gigantic Northumbrian Bible taken to Italy in 716, is being displayed in England for the first time in 1300 years.
The critics said:
★★★★★ ‘by some distance, the most significant exhibition in London’ – Evening Standard
★★★★★ ‘discover a culture of barbaric splendour and fierce vision’ – The Guardian
Don’t just take our (and their) word for how good it is though, get down to have a look yourself, it runs from now until February 2019.