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Gerald of Wales wrote his ecstatic description of what is most probably the Book of Kells 800 years ago, some 300 years after the work appeared. It remains the best descritpion; he felt and conveyed the Book's power, the mystery that made it even then unique among early medieval manuscripts. While clearly subject to international influence (Celts, British, Norman; possible Italian, Byzantine and Coptic), the Book of Kells' painters and scribes illumined their work with purely idiosyncratic beauty. The Book of Kells is more ...

The Book of Kells 1982, Dover Publications, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780486243450

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