A decorated initial A from folio 60v of the Tiberius Bede.
British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius C. II, or the Tiberius Bede, is an 8th-century illuminatedmanuscript of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. It is one of only four surviving 8th-century manuscripts of Bede, another of which happens to be MS Cotton Tiberius A. XIV, produced at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow. As such it is one of the closest texts to Bede's autograph. The manuscript has 155 vellumfolios. This manuscript may have been the Latin text on which the AlfredianOld English translation of Bede's Ecclesiastical History was based. The manuscript is decorated with zoomorphic initials in a partly Insular and partly Continental style. The manuscript has given its name to the 'Tiberius' group of manuscripts, connected on stylistic grounds and sometimes also known as the 'Canterbury' group, though the region of their production remains unknown – Mercia has also been suggested.