The Book of Kells

Official Guide


An enthralling guide to Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure


ISBN: 9780500480243 Category:

Bernard Meehan


The Book of Kells, dating from about 800, is a brilliantly decorated manuscript of the four Gospels. This new official guide, by the former Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, provides fascinating insights into the Book of Kells, revealing the astounding detail and richness of one of the greatest works of medieval art. The illustrations in the guide include reproductions of complete pages, and details that allow one to marvel at the intricacy of the decoration. The Book of Kells is explored through its historical background; its structure; its decorative elements, including the richness of its symbols and themes; the scribes and artists who worked on the manuscript; and the tools and pigments used in its creation.

Additional information

Weight 390 g
Dimensions 18.6 x 24.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2018
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.6 x 24.7 cm
Weight 390 g


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Bernard Meehan is Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, owners of The Book of Kells and The Book of Durrow, two outstanding survivals from the early Scottish-Irish Christian world. He served on the government-appointed National Archives Advisory Council from 1987 to 1997.