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The Book of Kells
04 Nov 2021 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781788541794

An account of one of the most famous manuscripts in the world.

Non Fiction / AGR (The Arts)
Extent: 224 pages  Illus: 32 illustrations
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Also by Victoria Whitworth
The Book of Kells: Unlocking the EnigmaVictoria Whitworth

The Book of Kells is a mystery. It is distinct from all copies of the gospels from the early Middle Ages, not only in the quality and amount of its decoration but also in the peculiarities of the ordering of its contents, the oddness of its apparatus, the appearance of the script, the interplay of text and ornament, and the erratic forms of its Latin. Scholars cannot agree on the number of scribes and artists involved; or establish the purpose of the Book; or decide whether its oddities are the result of incompetence or carelessness, and how those oddities relate to the minutely careful and deeply meaningful art. 

The Book of Kells is probably the most famous manuscript in the world – and Victoria Whitworth's masterly treatment offers something new.

Victoria Whitworth is a novelist and academic who explores the culture and society of Britain in the Early Middle Ages, focusing on death, burial and memory. She is the author of Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (as Victoria Thompson); The Bone Thief and The Traitors' Pit (as V.M. Whitworth); and Daughter of the Wolf.

The Book of Kells is on permanent display in the library of Trinity College Dublin.

Lavishly illustrated with integrated colour images of the Book of Kells.

Award-nominated and bestselling author of Daughter of the Wolf and Swimming with Seals.

MARKET: R.A. MacAvoy; Christopher de Hamel.


'Attentive, astute and beautiful ... I adored it' Amy Liptrot, on Swimming with Seals

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