The Return of a 900 year old Benevento text will not open the floodgates
February 9, 2011
The British Library recently returned a 900 year old manuscript to its place of origin Benevento, Italy. The manuscript was believed to have been taken after Nazi troops fled the area from allied forces. The 12th century manuscript is the first item to be returned by Britain under The Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act.
Mr. Scott, a lawyer for the for the archdiocese of Benevento, said “It’s not going to be an Elgin Marbles-style test case because it was restored under an act which pertains only to items lost during the Nazi era.”