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 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel and never showed it to the world. It was only after her mother’s death some twenty-eight years later, when she was sorting through old papers with her sisters, that she found the manuscript in a drawer. After the manuscript found its way to publishers, the book – The Young Visiters – came out in 1919, (yes, that is how the title was spelled) to great acclaim. After the book went into several editions, Daisy bought a farm with her earnings, commenting, “I like fresh air and royalty cheques”.




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