A 900-year-old religious manuscript which was looted in Italy during the Second World War has been returned by the British Library to its rightful owners in the southern Italian town of Benevento after a decade-long legal battle.

A British lawyer who acted for the archdiocese of Benevento, handed back the manuscript personally. The codex was written on parchment around 1100. "The return of the missal had become highly symbolic for Benevento and its cathedral, so they were absolutely delighted to have it back," Jeremy Scott, the lawyer, said.

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