This set of vestments are examples of Anglo-Saxon Embroidery. They are worked with gold thread and coloured silks in stem stitch, split stitch and surface couching. These vestments are covered in figures, who are archtypes rather than individuals.
Europe's Oldest Known Book -- The 7th Century St. Cuthbert's Gospel (a copy of the Gospel of St John) was buried w/ St. Cuthbert on the island of Lindisfarne (off the coast of Northumberland) in about 698. His coffin was removed to Durham to preserve it from Viking raiders & the book was discovered when the coffin was opened at Durham Cathedral in 1104. This is the original red leather binding.