Great and Singular Merits

Of a volume of a book in the Saint’s handwriting which could not be destroyed by water. I CANNOT think of leaving unnoticed another miracle which once took place by means of the opposite element. For many years after the holy man had departed to the Lord, a certain youth fell from his horse into […]

Táin Bó Cúailnge

But I who have written this story, or rather this fable, give no credence to the various incidents related in it. For some things in it are the deceptions of demons, other poetic figments; some are probable, others improbable; while still others are intended for the delectation of foolish men. — Colophon (Latin) at the […]

Book of Deer: Folio 5 Recto

The Book of Deer (Leabhar Dhèir in Gaelic) (Cambridge University Library, MS. Ii.6.32) is a 10th-century Latin Gospel Book with early 12th-century additions in Latin, Old Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It is noted for containing the earliest surviving Gaelic writing from Scotland. The origin of the book is uncertain, however it is reasonable to assume that the manuscript was at Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland when the marginalia were […]

Très Riches Heures: Folio 113 Verso

43: And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection: 44: For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should […]

Folio 34 Recto: Detail

Here’s a close-up of the so-called Chi-Rho page from the Book of Kells.  The text on the page (not entirely visible in this detail) reads “XPI autem generatio…” and is the incipit of the Gospel According to St. Matthew.  Notice the cats.

Folio 33 Recto

This brilliantly executed carpet page is from the Book of Kells (folio 33 recto). The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book written in Latin, containing the four canonical Gospels together with various prefatory texts and tables.  It was created by Celtic monks ca. […]