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Beyond the Book of Kells: A fifteenth-century Irish Antiphoner

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Beyond the Book of Kells: A fifteenth-century Irish Antiphoner

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 talk Dr Ann Buckley of Trinity College's Department of History will discuss MS 78: A fifteenth-century Irish Antiphoner. Almost half a metre tall, MS 78 is a fine example of a late medieval choir book, one of the few to survive from Ireland. Beside music for services for saints Patrick, Canice, and Bridget, it records the commemorations of numerous other all-but-forgotten Irish saints, including Magnan of Kilmainham. Though produced for use in Kilkenny Cathedral, it was in the hands of local Clondalkin families in the sixteenth century.

The lecture will be illustrated by a brief selection of chants from the manuscript, performed by Anúna members Michael McGlynn, Dónal Kearney, Patrick McGinley and Zach Trouton.

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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 Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Making Ireland, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: 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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