The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...some remains of the ancient fabric, traces of a one-time moat and tower. The elm trees are said to have been planted as saplings by Bishop Wilson as he commenced his reign, and the wood from one of his forest children made his coffin. The great prelate, whose private life was as beautiful as his written works, but whose ecclesiastical policy was of Inquisition-like character, lived and worked in the diocese for fifty-eight years. The village of Michael covers quite a large area, and lies on a flat expanse of tableland stretching away to the sea on one hand, and on the other to a romantic range, intersected by glens innumerable, splitting the hearts of the mountains. In Glen Wyllin, south of Michael, an exploited beauty spot, is the Hill of Raneurling, a one-time Parliament place for the northern inhabitants of Mona. A Tynwald was held here on one occasion by the second Stanley who reigned over the island. The parish church was rebuilt in 1835, and in the graveyard Bishops Wilson, Hildesley, and Crigan sleep. Michael is singularly rich in old monuments, and among the wonderful Scandinavian specimens is the cross known as Gaut's, carven by the first Scandinavian sculptor of whom we have any knowledge. He invented, or brought to Man, one or two graceful patterns of tracery which were adopted by subsequent stone-workers, thus making of the designs a distinctive and characteristic insular art, by which a Manx cross could be recognized anywhere. The inscription runs along the outside edge of the stones and has been translated into: --"Mail Brigde, Son of Athakan, the Smith, erected this cross for his own soul, (and that of) his brother's wife. Gaut made this cross and all in Man." This proud and comprehensive claim was probably true of that...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593960
  • 9781236593962