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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings$
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James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264508

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.001.0001

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‘All that Peter Stands For’: The Romanitas of the Codex Amiatinus Reconsidered

‘All that Peter Stands For’: The Romanitas of the Codex Amiatinus Reconsidered

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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings
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Jennifer O’Reilly

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0016

This chapter examines the romanitas of the Codex Amiatinus. It suggests that the choice of uncial script in Northumbria in the 660s and 670s was a political act and that the association of uncial script with Rome and the papal mission acted as a challenge to insular liturgical gospel-book traditions in Northumbria. The chapter analyses the romanitas of Wearmouth-Jarrow, assuming that Bishop Wilfrid's romanitas aimed to demonstrate to the Northumbrians the superiority of Rome over Iona and of St. Peter over Columba.

Keywords:   romanitas, Codex Amiatinus, Northumbria, uncial script, Rome, papal mission, Wearmouth-Jarrow, Bishop Wilfrid

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