The Book of Kells

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The Book of Kells

Post by Djchrismac » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:21 pm

After trippingthelight told me about the Book of Kells (Book of Columba) I've been having a look at the fascinating plates and incredible detail in them. For those that don't know of it, it's an ancient biblical manuscript allegedly from the 9th Century that was taken from Iona down to Ireland for safekeeping and mainly contains the 4 gospels of the New Testament:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells
https://www.wastekeep.org/documents/Div ... _Kells.pdf

Looking at the plates tonight I couldn't help but think back to the Monty Python cut out sketches while also seeing the birds as the Vultures from Disney's Robin Hood! :D

Seriously though, I noticed the style of the various faces and creatures and they seemed awfully familiar... then it hit me, it's almost the exact same style and design as the many gargoyles and decorations seen on Melrose Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel and many other old churches and cathedrals. More so Melrose as it is older than Rosslyn, which has more modern looking human designs but the same old gargoyles. The designs in the book are also a right good mix of celtic swirls, knots and triskelion with religious iconography, much like the church taking over ancient celtic sites for their churches, they also stole celtic designs and assimilated them into their books.

These two buildings are supposedly from a much later period but what are the chances of both having such an identical style of artwork? Either the book of Kells is from a later period than advertised, or these buildings are much older than suggested... as stone tends to last longer than paper, I would hazard a guess at the book being from a later period, especially when you factor in how good a condition it looks compared to other ancient books:

https://wiganlanebooks.co.uk/blog/inter ... the-world/

I suspect the church have been telling porkies and promoting older dates for their manufactured chronology yet again!

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