A warm welcome to Trinity College's The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece.
Over the next four weeks we will be sharing a range of engaging videos, articles, resources discussions, and assignments, all carefully arranged by the team here in Trinity College Dublin. Making extensive use of the high resolution images of the Book of Kells available online, we will guide you through some of its complexities, ask you to explore the manuscript and its intricate artwork, and form your own opinions about the manuscript. Through engagement with our range of learning resources, you'll build your knowledge of the manuscript and the context from which it emerged, and reflect on ideas about its background, makers and changing meanings through discussions with other students.
Coming up in Week 1
During Week 1, you will become familiar with the Book of Kells as a Christian text and the religious and political contexts from which it emerged. You might also begin to tackle the question that all students of historic artefacts have to ask: how easy is it for us to understand the intentions of patrons and makers from 1,200 years ago, and is it possible to understand an object from their standpoint?
Week 1 includes videos, discussions, reflections, quizzes and further reading to help you get acquainted with this sometimes mysterious and often misunderstood period of Irish history and creativity.
There will be plenty of opportunity to interact with other learners once the course begins through reflections and discussions. Please feel welcome to use these discussions to raise questions and address problems or help other people by answering their questions. We will be monitoring these discussions and will attempt to respond to common problems and queries as the course proceeds.
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We hope you enjoy this four-week journey and enhance your understanding of one of the great masterpieces of medieval art.
Rachel Moss and Fáinche Ryan Trinity College Dublin
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