Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Book of Kells


I mentioned the Book of Kells in an earlier posting. Let me quote some information about it:

"The Book of Kells was probably produced in a monastery on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, to honor Saint Columba in the early 8th century. After a Viking raid the book was moved to Kells, Ireland, sometime in the 9th century. It was stolen in the 11th century, at which time its cover was torn off and it was thrown into a ditch. The cover, which most likely included gold and gems, has never been found, and the book suffered some water damage; but otherwise it is extraordinarily well-preserved.

In 1541, at the height of the English Reformation, the book was taken by the Roman Catholic Church for safekeeping. It was returned to Ireland in the 17th century, and Archbishop James Ussher gave it to Trinity College, Dublin, where it resides today." Source: http://historymedren.about.com/od/bookofkell1/p/book_of_kells.htm
The book consists of the four Gospels of the New Testament written in Latin, copied and elaborated decorated by hand. It is a major art treasure as well as part of the Bible. If you are an ancient history buff and you go to Dublin, this is worth standing in line to see. How many 1,200 year old books have you seen? Since the library/museum at Trinity College does not allow photography of the book, I have downloaded some images from the web instead.
 
  
 

 

Update from Debbi:

For more information on the Book of Kells, check out my Yahoo! Voices article "What is the Book of Kells?"

If you're interested in a digital copy of the Book of Kells, you can find the link here.

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