So I signed up for a free online course from Trinity College, Dublin and am learning about the Book of Kells -- that amazingly beautiful and ornate illuminated manuscript from the 9th Century -- and the society that produced this treasure.
I love learning new things. I was amazed to learn that in the 10th Century, Irish monasteries had established foundations (other monasteries) across Europe -- in France, Germany, Italy, and as far east as Vienna.
I am also enchanted by the calligraphy (insular majuscule it's called) and find myself strongly tempted to dig out my long-abandoned pens and ink . . .
The course lasts four weeks and is not especially grueling -- they say four hours reading/viewing time each week. I'm halfway through the first week and really enjoying it.
( If you're interested in learning more about this course, follow the link HERE)
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