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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




Welcome
Please choose your regional preference: