I got a lot of confused questions yesterday while unboxing my deluxe The Book of Kells by Bernard Meehan. I thought that everybody was familiar with the Book of Kells, but I see that's not true, so let me explain what the Book of Kells is and why it's so special.
It only seems appropriate to start off 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts with the Book of Kells, as it is arguably the world's most iconic illuminated manuscript. The Book of Kells is a gospel book written and decorated by British or Irish monks in the first century AD (most likely c. 800 AD). It is named… Continue reading The Book of Kells – Day One of Medieval Manuscripts
Today’s prompt is to write about an interesting person that I have met. I have decided to expand my definition of the word “met” to include not just people I have literally met, but also anyone living or dead whose story I have become aware of and learned about. So, I have chosen someone who… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #6: “Meeting” Grace O’Malley, badass Irish pirate lady
I recently finished reading Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. My prior training in medieval art history had addressed the importance of the medieval Irish and Scottish monastic establishment on Western European cultural history, so the… Continue reading An Unusual Take on Gargoyles
As I previously mentioned in my St. Patrick’s Day post about Celtic Revival artist Art O’Murnaghan, I have recently become interested in Irish art. To be more precise, I have recently become more interested in Irish art that before (but I challenge you to name one type of art I’m not at least somewhat interested… Continue reading Celtic Art and Irish Heritage
My second article has been published on headstuff.org. Continuing my new-found interest in Celtic and Irish art, I have written about the Tara Brooch. The Tara Brooch: Gold and Jewels from the Ancient Irish Past | HeadStuff.
As I'm pretty sure I've mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of medieval illuminated manuscripts. I've always found it a bit sad that the tradition has very little place in the modern world, which is why I was quite intrigued to read about this manuscript in a book about Celtic art. I've… Continue reading Art O’Murnaghan and the Book of Resurrection