Book Of Kells

This great treasure of the medieval Irish Church is the greatest of many illuminated books. In the 'Brian Boru' chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book, Osgar the monk visits the monastery of Kells to study the magnificent Gospel Book. Back at his own monastery of Glendalough, he illustrates a similar book, and we learn something of the processes involved and the significance of Irish calligraphy and illumination.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Keeping Curry on Hand. Queen Victoria loathed spicy food, but as Empress of India, she insisted that curry be available at all times in the event that a “visiting oriental” ever showed up unannounced at the palace doors. The food itself, of course, was probably not something to be desired by any visitor. It consisted of previously cooked food doused in curry powder.




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