Early Christian Art in Ireland Volume 1-2

Early Christian Art in Ireland Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...see Paper by Edwin, third Earl of Dunraven--"Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy," vol. xxiv. p. 433 (1869). BOOK-SHRINES. OOK-SHRINES appear to be of rare occurrence save in Ireland. Elsewhere we find that the sacred writings had splendid bindings; one side at least being often of silver or gold, studded with jewels, so that the book thus covered added to the general splendour of the altars on which they were placed. But a different sentiment seemed at work in Ireland, where the book was held as a sacred heirloom by the successors of the Patron Saint, whose memory they had Fig. 32. J(J cherished for perhaps five hundred years. Here the old book was left untouched, as something whose value could not be increased by gold or precious stones; but a box was made on which was lavished all the artist's skill, and in this the sacred relic was preserved. One case, that called the Cathach, was fastened so that the book was hermetically sealed from view; and into the minds of its possessors, the chieftains of Tirconnell, a superstitious fear was instilled that some great calamity would befall them were the case once opened. Such precautions may be accounted for by the worn condition of the manuscript, and by the fact that its keepers were not ecclesiastics who could read the book, but chieftains who had the shrine carried before them in battle by one who wore it as a breastplate. The first cumdach we read of, the date of which can be fixed by any historical authority, was made for the " Book of Durrow," by the king of Ireland, Flann Sinna, son of Malachy, who reigned between the years 877 and 916. This is now lost, but it was seen by Roderic O'Flaherty in 1677, who wrote the following memorandum on the fly-leaf of the Gospel it was...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555872
  • 9781236555878