Lindisfarne Priory was founded AD 635 and became the base for christianity in Northern England. At some point int the early 700s the world famous illuminated manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels was created here (now displayed in the British museum in London).

The priory was attacked by the Vikings in 793.

Historical document record....
In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of Northumbria. There were excessive whirlwinds, lightning storms, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and on 8 January the ravaging of heathen men destroyed God's church at Lindisfarne.

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

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