Tuesday is our regular Books & Libraries Day in the River Houses, and what better opportunity could present itself on such a day than a free course on one of the most famous books in the world, the Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells is a medieval Irish manuscript of the New Testament Gospels, created around the year 800 and kept for centuries in the Abbey of Kells, north of Dublin. Now housed and exhibited at the Trinity College Library, it is one of the great artistic treasures of the European middle ages.
For the next few weeks, Trinity College is offering a free online course on the Book of Kells, and I know there are some talented homeschool history and art students out there who would be delighted by this opportunity. (And maybe some moms and dads, too.) You can read more about the course here:
- ➔ The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece (Trinity College via FutureLearn)
And here’s a short video introduction to the course:
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the entire Book of Kells has been digitized at high resolution and made available online by the Trinity College Library. Why not spend some time with your students this week at a large screen and explore its intricate designs:
- ➔ The Book of Kells (Trinity College Library)
Fantastical beasts, pious saints, glowing letters, woven knots, and so much more.
What educational discoveries have you made at your library lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: For a quick review of medieval European history, turn to page 188 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). It’s just the background you need for a wonderful homeschool history lesson.
❡ Explore more: Have you visited all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you locate all the libraries near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you find the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊