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Beyond the Book of Kells: The Book of Armagh

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Beyond the Book of Kells: The Book of Armagh

This lecture is part of a series entitled "Beyond the Book of Kells: The stories of eight other medieval manuscripts from the library of Trinity College Dublin."

In this final lecture of the series, Dr Immo Warntjes from the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin will discuss MS 52: The Book of Armagh. This work is probably Trinity's most important manuscript after the Book of Kells. Copied at the behest of Torbach, abbot of Armagh, in the early ninth century by the scribe Ferdomnach, TCD MS 52 contains not only the earliest text of the New Testament from Ireland, but also a suite of works without which Ireland's patron saint, Patrick, would be almost unknown.

Further Information

To over 600,000 visitors a year, Trinity is synonymous with the Book of Kells. But that ninth-century manuscript is only part of the story. Ranging in date from the fifth century to the sixteenth, and with origins from across Western Europe, Trinity’s six hundred medieval manuscripts contain languages from Latin and Greek to Old Irish, Old English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Provencal, and Vaudois. The texts embody in microcosm the entire gamut of medieval thought. This series of lectures from manuscript experts – Irish and international – will offer the public an opportunity to encounter eight other extraordinary books from Trinity’s collections, from the ninth-century Book of Armagh to a key manuscript of one of the great medieval English poets, William Langland.

The "Beyond the Book of Kells" lecture series is lead by Dr Mark Faulkner of Trinity College's School of English. It is held as part of the Manuscript, Print, and Book Cultures research theme, in association with the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin.  

The manuscripts have been digitised to coincide with this lecture series.  For more information, please click here

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Type: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Mark Faulkner

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