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?
October, derived from the Latin Octo, which means eight, was actually the eighth month of the year in the original Roman calendar of ten months. It wasn’t until the Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in the first century BC that January and February were added. The Julian calendar remained the predominant calendar in Europe through the sixteenth century, until it was amended to the Gregorian calendar we still use today.




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