"Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race ... The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets." (Alcuin, a Northumbrian scholar.)
Around the year 700, an illuminated manuscript was written, which became known as the Lindisfarne Gospels. It is assumed that the monk (and later bishop) Eadfrith created these richly coloured, decorative gospels in honour of Saint Cuthbert. The pages are made of vellum, which is made from animal skins.
Despite the Viking damage, the Gospels remain untarnished in any way and are now housed in the British Museum. The island is open to visitors and the Priory and a museum are run by English Heritage. In the sixteenth century a castle was built based on a Tudor fort.