Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Book of Kells


More mail from Postcrossers who haven't stayed in their home countries! This card was sent to me by Pavla, she's from Czech Republic but used to live in Ireland and has only just moved back to her home country. So yes, this is an Irish postcard. :)

I'm quite a bookworm but I have to confess I had never heard of 'Book of Kells' before. Ooops...

'Book of Kells' is the oldest Irish book (from 800AD). It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier. The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels of the Christian scriptures written in black, red, purple, and yellow ink in an insular majuscule script, preceded by prefaces, summaries, and concordances of Gospel passages. Today, it consists of 340 vellum leaves, or folios.
The book had a sacramental, rather than educational purpose.

...maybe that's why I didn't know of the book before - I'm not a religious person and my knowledge of the Bible is embarrassingly limited.

The postcard was sent from Czech Republic so the stamps is obviously from there as well. It's from a set of 2 stamps, published in 2006, depicting Crafts and in particular Bohemian Gems, Jewel-making and Hallmarking.

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