The author presents from stones, mosaics, walls, brasses, inscribed artefacts, colophons etc. scores of compositions from twenty centuries, illustrating the thoughts of inhabitants of these islands in Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Irish, Welsh, English, Norse and French. The inscriptions are identical in form and structure with compositions both literary and diplomatic analysed by the author.
David Howlett works on the medieval dictionary at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England. He is the author of numerous books including: Cambro-Latin Compositions, The English Origins of Old French Literature, Caledonian Craftsmanship, The Celtic Latin Tradition of Biblical Style, British Books in Biblical Style and Self-Authenticating Insular Charters.