The Purple Codex

a.k.a. the Coronation Gospels, this is a manuscript of the gospels—written and illustrated in gold ink on purple-stained parchment—made around 795CE in Aachen for the court of Charlemagne.

It became an important part of coronation ceremonies at least from the 12th century onward (the new king / emperor would swear oaths on it); this magnificent gilded silver cover was made for it around 1500CE, to further show off its importance.

   19 May 2023
   1/30s    f/2.8   28mm   ISO 4000
Gold-plated and sculpted cover of a book