The first word of the preface, PLURES, is formed from a decorative majuscule lettering which includes a splendid sinuous dragonlike figure adorned with interlace for the P, and a smaller, thin, curly creature for the L. They sit in a pattern of fine red dots. This represents the beginning of the preface. Even if you are not so expert at Old English of the Anglo-Saxon era, you should be able to make out the words the godspellere as the gloss above the Latin word euangelista in the third line under the heading.

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Lindisfarne Gospels, late 7th century (British Library, Cotton Nero DIV, f.5v). All images by permission of the British Library. These images are now made available by the British Library through a Creative Commons licence.

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