- Series: Exploring
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: O'Brien Press; 2 edition (January 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847170773
- ISBN-13: 978-1847170774
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,337,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exploring the Book of Kells (Exploring) 2nd Edition
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From School Library Journal
YA-- Simply presented and delightfully illustrated, this book would assist students of both art and history in understanding the exceptional beauty and meaning of this illuminated manuscript, a famous treasure made by Irish monks over 1200 years ago.
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About the Author
George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in 1910. He took his BA, MA, BD, PhD, and DD degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1936, he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980. A noted scholar and historian, he lectured and wrote extensively, particularly on The Book of Kells, on which he was internationally recognised as an expert. For almost 40 years he contributed a weekly religious feature,'Thinking Aloud', to the Irish Times. George Otto Simms died in 1991. Exploring the Book of Kells was Dr. Simms first book for the younger reader and received wide acclaim. It was a winner of the Reading Association of Ireland Award, and together with his second book for children, Brendan the Navigator, Exploring the Ancient World, was joint winner of the BISTO Book of the Decade Award. His third and last book prior to his death was St. Patrick, The Real Story of Patrick, who became Ireland's Patron Saint.
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Top customer reviews
George Otto Simms is a renowned authority on the Book of Kells and describes this magnificent manuscript.He talks about the monks who made the book and explains the background of the book.
First of all,this is a very short,but concise book of a mere 72 pages,with several wonderful B & W line illustrations and 8 full page color photographs of pages from the book.In total,there are 60 color and B & White photographs and illustrations.He tells us in what monastery it was made and what monks made it.It was made about 800AD,and the text as well as the lettering and artwork was done by different monks ,probably over quite a long time.He also describes how the materials were made that were used in producing the book.
As to what the book is about,first it is written in old Irish, although there are English translations.The book is 13 1/2 X9 1/2 inches and has 16 to17 ,sometimes 18 lines per page.The book covers the Gospels of Mathew ,Mark,Luke and John from the New Testement,;which tell the story of the life and work of Jesus Christ.
Since 1661 the Book of Kells has been kept in the Library of Trinity College,Dublin.It is kept in a climate controlled case,and pages are turned on a regular basis.The book can be viewed by the public.