An Insular odyssey

Manuscript culture in early Christian Ireland and beyond

Rachel Moss, Felicity O'Mahony & Jane Maxwell, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-633-7
November 2017. 336pp; full colour illustrations

Between the seventh and twelfth centuries, a distinctive form of script and illumination predominated in the manuscripts produced in the milieu of the Irish church. Although associated principally with Britain and Ireland, Ireland’s reputation for learning and the missionary activity associated with Irish foundations mean that today Insular texts are found in library collections across the Continent and beyond. Arising from recent research at Trinity College Dublin, and marking the retirement of its eminent scholar of Insular manuscripts, Dr Bernard Meehan, this book examines Irish manuscript culture from a broad range of perspectives.

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 Robert Babcock (U North Carolina), Dominique Barbet-Massin (Bibliothèque Municipale de Grenoble), Susie Bioletti (TCD), Claire Breay (BL), Michelle P. Brown (emerita, U London), Denis Casey (MU), William Endres (U Oklahoma), Carol Farr (ind.), John Gillis (TCD), Bernard Meehan (TCD), Rachel Moss (TCD), Paul Mullarkey (NMI), Francis Newton (Duke U), Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUIG), Felicity O'Mahony (TCD), Timothy O'Neill (UCC), Heather Pulliam (U Edinburgh), Allyson Smyth (TCD), Mark Stansbury (NUIG), Colleen Thomas (TCD).

Rachel Moss is head of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin. Felicity O’Mahony is assistant librarian in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, Trinity College Dublin. Jane Maxwell is principal curator in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, Trinity College Dublin.