"two pages of second-century papyrus between the leaves of a Lombardic breviary"
Cyperus papyrus plant
GNU Free Documentation LicenseCyperus papyrus plant - Credit: Liné1, Wikimedia Commons

 Papyrus is a paper-like material made from the plant Cyperus papyrus.

As early as 3000BC, it was manufactured by the Egyptians from the abundant growth of the papyrus plant in the Nile Delta.

Eventually, papyrus was superseded by parchment and vellum, made from animal skins.







Lombardic was the language of a Germanic people who settled in Italy in the 6th Century. The language declined from the 7th Century onwards and had virtually died out by the 11th Century.

However, Lombardic in this context probably refers to the type of script used.


A breviary is a book of Catholic prayers, hymns and other religious material. It is usually intended for officers of the church, such as bishops, priests and deacons.

The word is also used to describe similar books used by Anglican or Lutheran denominations.