The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece
Discover medieval Ireland using the Book of Kells, a ninth-century manuscript featuring the four gospels of the new testament.
Who is the course for?
The course is for anyone with an interest in Ireland, medieval studies, history, art, religion and/or popular culture.
What topics will you cover?
Where and how the manuscript was made
The social context from which the manuscript emerged, including early medieval faith and politics.
The artistic context of the manuscript, reflecting local and international styles.
The theology and interpretations of the text.
How and why the manuscript survived
The Book of Kells and contemporary culture.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Explain the function and meanings of medieval Irish art
Understand how medieval manuscripts were made
Engage critically with methodologies and scholarly debates which have shaped interpretations of the period
Demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of the Irish Church in this era
Combine visual analysis with theological and historical appraisal regarding medieval material culture