The Book of Kells, research paper

[The following is a research paper on the Book of Kells that I wrote last semester for my Art History class. I’m trying to squeeze in a personal project that is connected to the Book of Kells, so I thought I’d share this here.]

The Book of Kells
By Dennis West
ARTHC 201, Section 3
Instructor: James Swenson

The story of the Book of Kells is as interesting, and in many ways, as aloof as the swirling ornamentations and illuminations in the book itself. Its history can be traced back to an Irish Nobleman named Columba, who it is said to have relinquished his hereditary right to the Kingship of Ireland in favor of devoting himself to the spread of Christianity. Perhaps his greatest achievement is the conversion of the Scottish Pict people on the small island of Iona off the coast of Scotland where he afterwards founded a monastery in about 565 A.D. Continue reading “The Book of Kells, research paper” »

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