‘All that Peter Stands For’: The <i>Romanitas</i> of the <i>Codex Amiatinus</i> Reconsidered

Jennifer O’Reilly

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

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Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

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

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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

Chapter.  12454 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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