Lindisfarne. an island of the coast of Northumbria. Known as Holy island because in 635 A.D, St Aiden, with a group of Celtic monks established a monastery there. He was originally from Iona in Scotland. From Lindisfarne, he and his monks established many new churches in Scotland and
the northern part of England. After the decision made at the Synod of Whitby in 664 A.D, many of the monks on the island protested by returning to Iona. Lindisfarne is probably known more for the work of St Cuthbert who became the bishop between 685 and 687 A.D. During this time, the island became well known right across Europe for its work. Today, you can see the Lindisfarne gospels that were written in 700 A.D in the British Museum that were dedicated to St Cuthbert. Lindisfarne was invaded by the Danes in 793 and again in 875 forcing the monks to abandon it. From 1052 until 1530 a Benedictine monastery stood there, until their dissolution by Henry VIII.
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