The History of St. Cuthbert

The History of St. Cuthbert

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: perforated in the middle, so that almost three fingers can be inserted a little way into it. In size it bears a reasonable proportion to its breadth; for the length is almost equal to the breadth, except that, for ornament's sake, the one differs a little from the other. On account of its age it is tinged with a reddish colour, and its natural appearance of white bone is changed by its great age into a reddish tint. " Such is the nature of the robes with which the cofiin of the blessed Bishop Cuthbert is furnished: and, of the other holy relics, the head of the glorious king and martyr of Christ, Oswald, alone is honourably placed therein. ' See p. 143. " So far we have discussed the way in which Christ's illustrious bishop, Cuthbert, is placed in his cofiin. We will now proceed to explain the nature of his inner cofiin itself. In this inner cofiin he was first placed at the island of Lindisfarne, when he was raised from the spot where he was buried; and in this coffin his incorrupt body has always been preserved up to this time. It is quadrangular, like a box. Its lid is not raised higher than its sides, and the top is quite level with the sides that support the lid, which is quite level and flat, like that of a box. The lid is a board, that is made to open at the top like a door. Two circular rings are inserted and fastened into it, one at the feet and the other at the head. By these rings the lid is raised up or lowered down; for there is no other fastening on the cofiin. It is made entirely of black oak; but whether it has become black from old age, or was made so artificially, or was so naturally, is a subject that will admit of doubt. The whole of its exterior is admirably carved with such small and...
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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987993
  • 9781236987990